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Paolo Silvestri (Universidad de Sevilla)

February 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Goggio lecture by Paolo Silvestri (Universidad de Sevilla)

Definition and Evolution of the Linguistic Norm in Italy and Spain

A reception to follow. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. Please RSVP at italian.studies@utoronto.ca

Definition and evolution of the linguistic norm in Italy and Spain

The overestimated symmetry between Italian and Spanish might, at first glance, suggest the sharing of a similar itinerary in the definition of the linguistic norm. In fact, the pathways that led to the definition of the linguistic norm in the respective countries in the sixteenth century, could not be more divergent and reflect two widely contrasting political situations and two completely different perspectives. The subsequent evolution, despite presenting many moments of contact and mutual influence between the two cultures, confirms the specificity of the concept of norm in each of the two countries. This lecture will focus on the various steps in the evolution of the language norms in Italy and in Spain, from their origins to the present day, and highlight similarities and differences.

Paolo Silvestri, who graduated in Italian Language and Literature (History of Italian Language) at the University of Turin (Italy), has been teaching and carrying out research since 1990 in the Department of Italian of the University of Seville (Spain), where he also attained his European PhD in Italian Studies. His teaching and research interests concern the History of Italian Language and Grammar, and his main field of research involves the history of grammars and handbooks for the teaching and studying of the Italian language in Spain. He has dedicated many contributions in international journals and congresses to this topic, in addition to the book Le grammatiche italiane per ispanofoni. Secoli XVI-XIX (Alessandria, Edizioni dell’Orso, 2001). He is a coauthor, with Manuel Carrera Díaz, of Entre palabras (Turin, Loescher, 2010), a Spanish Grammar for Italian secondary schools, and Editor of the monographic volume of the journal Philologia Hispalensis titled Italiano y español. Nuevos estudios lingüísticos (2014). He has collaborated as a reviewer with various international journals, including Italiano & oltre, L’Indice dei libri del mese, Lingua e stile, Romanische Forschungen, Romance Philology, Cuadernos de Filología Italiana, and Revista Internacional de Lingüística Iberoamericana.


February 15
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm