Using Italian: A Guide to Contemporary Usage

Using Italian: A Guide to Contemporary Usage


By (author) J. J. Kinder, By (author) V. M. Savini


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  • Format: Paperback | 490 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 234mm x 24mm | 862g
  • Publication date: 7 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521485568
  • ISBN 13: 9780521485562
  • Edition: Bilingual edition
  • Edition statement: Bilingual
  • Illustrations note: 1 map
  • Sales rank: 177,112

Product description

This 2002 book is a guide to Italian usage for students who have already acquired the basics of the language and wish to extend their knowledge. Unlike conventional grammars, it gives special attention to those areas of vocabulary and grammar which cause most difficulty to English-speakers. Careful consideration is given throughout to questions of style, register, and politeness which are essential to achieving an appropriate level of formality or informality in writing and speech. It surveys the contemporary linguistic scene in Italy and gives ample space to the new varieties of Italian that are emerging in modern Italy. The influence of the dialects in shaping the development of Italian is also acknowledged. Clear, readable and easy to consult via its two indexes, this is an essential reference for learners seeking access to the finer nuances of the Italian language.

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Author information

J. J. Kinder is Associate Professor of Italian at the Department of European Language and Studies, University of Western Australia. He has published widely on the Italian language spoken by migrants and their children. V. M. Savini is tutor in Italian at the Department of European Language and Studies, University of Western Australia. He works both as a tutor and a translator.

Table of contents

1. Varieties of Italian; Part I. Words and their Meanings: 2. Cognates; 3. Fields of meaning; 4. Complex verbal expressions; 5. Suffixes; 6. Idioms similes proverbs; 7. Proper names; 8. Geographical names; 9. Abbreviations and acronyms; 10. Latin expressions and sayings; 11. Grammatical terms; 12. Numerals and telephone conventions; 13. Measurement; Part II. The Clause - Combining Words: 14. Gender; 15. Number; 16. Pronouns; 17. Comparison; 18. Word order; 19. Negation; 20. Periphrases; 21. Constructions with verbs of movement; 22. Auxiliary verbs in compound tenses; 23. The passive; 24. Reflexives and impersonals; Part III. The Sentence - Combining Clauses: 25. Italian prepositions; 26. English prepositions; 27. Prepositional constructions with verbs and adjectives; 28. Use of tenses; 29. Sequence of tenses; 30. The subjunctive; 31. Conditional sentences; 32. Subordination; Part IV. Texts and their Structure: 33. Interjections; 34. Fillers; 35. Transition words; Italian index; English index; Index of grammatical points; List.