Marco Santello University of Sydney
The Italian language played a central role at the Salone del Libro in Turin this year. Francesco Sabatini (Accademia della Crusca) was present and highlighted the contribution that the contact between Italian and other languages is engendering. He touched on the vitality that stems from the literature in Italian produced by writers who have experienced multilingual environments. He also outlined some emerging themes in current linguistic research in Italy. In particular, collocations – the regular juxtaposition of a particular word with other particular words – have been afforded increasing space in academic enquiry, especially in relation to their relevance for second language acquisition. In addition, new studies on linguistic purism and censorious attitudes towards perceived ungrammaticality have emerged in recent years.
You can find more on hybridisation and language contact in this report summarising the presentations at the Salone.