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Italian Language Week in the world - 21st edition "DANTE, L'ITALIANO" e-book



Italian Language Week in the world - 21st edition

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As every year, on the occasion of the Italian Language Week in the world, the Accademia della Crusca has published, in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, an e-book dedicated this year to Dante and entitled "DANTE, L'ITALIANO".

The book can be downloaded for free, from October 18th to 24th, at the following link:

Starting October 25th, downloading the book will incur a fee.

The book

The book incorporates various research streams that revolve around Dante's character and language. The works of well-known Dante scholars are included in it, alongside works by younger scholars. The research investigates the most essential issues for Dante's work and image in order to recreate his ideas regarding language. The book deals with the presence and reuse of Dante's language as reflected in Italian tradition and history, not only in literature - but also in figurative means and linguistic expressions and dialects. The research expands into new and less obvious topics, such as means and methods of communication intended for the general public (opera, songs, comics and more). The variety of topics and materials published here for the first time are expected to arouse interest and appreciation from a culture-seeking audience in Italy and around the world, also at the didactic level. Also included in the book are works by poets and writers, illustrators and cartoonists who conducted an imaginary dialogue with Dante through their works. The cover image created by Federica Mauro, a young artist with disabilities, entrusts Dante with the hope of rebirth, which will lead us all to "see the stars again" - the well-known phrase that seals the Divine Comedy.

The authors

Giovanna Frosini is a professor of Italian linguistics at the University of Siena for Foreigners. Together with Luca Serianni and Luigi Matt she heads the department of "Italian Linguistics Studies". Most of her research relates to Dante's work, both linguistically and philologically; Among her most recent works: “Il vulgare in Dante”, edited by Roberto Rea and Justin Steinberg (Carocci, Rome, 2020).

Giuseppe Polimeni is Professor of Italian Linguistics at the University of Milan. He is part of the research group "Coordinate dantesche". The book he wrote “Come fronde in ramo. Forme e modelli della varietà nell’Italia dei volgari” (Biblion, Milano, 2019) is based on Dante’s work. Together with Silvia Morgana e Massimo Prada, Polimeni is the editor-in-chief of “Italiano LinguaDue”.

The book is published under the auspices of the President of the Republic of Italy

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