Can any native (or high level) Italian speakers identify the regional accent in this audio clip?

(at 00:34 seconds, and again at 00:47s)


Well, I think she's mimicking a regional accent (I think I've heard it before), but she could just be caricaturing that person's way of speaking.

Any help would be appreciated!

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    I've said "triestino" because Giuseppe Levi, the one who pronounces these words in the novel, was from Trieste and because some of them seem to be "triestinismi".
    – Charo
    Mar 20, 2020 at 15:09
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    “Sbrodeghezzi” significa “sbrodolamenti”, “potaci” è “pasticci” (nel senso traslato da quello culinario). La “z” sorda è tipica del triestino. La lettrice non è realmente capace di rendere l'accento.
    – egreg
    Mar 20, 2020 at 15:47
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    I agree, the dialect accent is of the north-east of Italy, most likely from Friuli, Trieste. Potaci and sbrodeghezzi are terms used both in Friuli and Veneto, as well as the s sound for z.
    – user519
    Mar 20, 2020 at 15:49
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    Since the text being read (Natalia Ginzburg's Lessico famigliare) mentions real-life people, as @Charo says, clearly the speaker intended to mimic, or at leat allude to, the accent from Trieste of Ginzburg's father.
    – DaG
    Mar 20, 2020 at 17:28
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    Can someone write an answer?
    – Denis Nardin
    Mar 20, 2020 at 19:14

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I've collected in this anwser what said in the comments by @egreg, @Gio and @DaG.

The text being read in this audio is the beginning of the novel Lessico famigliare by Natalia Ginzburg. The character who says these words is Giuseppe Levi, that is, Natalia Ginzburg's father, who was from Trieste. For this reason, the actress tries to mimic the accent from Trieste whenever this character speaks, in which "z" is pronounced /s/.

Some of the words pronounced are "sbrodeghezzi" and "potacci", which, according to the book Novecento plurale: scrittori e lingua by Maria Antonietta Grignani, belong to Triestine dialect and, according to Luigi Fontanella in the article "Natalia Ginzburg between Fiction and Memory: A Reading of Le voci della sera and Lessico famigliare", published in the book Natalia Ginzburg: A Voice of the Twentieth Century (University of Toronto Press), were used by Giuseppe Levi to convey the meaning of things of bad taste.

  • I've just collected the contents of the comments in this post. I've made this answer community-wiki so that it can be improved by other users. You can also write another answer if you prefer: this one can be eventually deleted.
    – Charo
    Apr 16, 2020 at 21:31
  • @egreg: Would you like to add an explanation about the meaning of these two words (and whatever you want) to this post?
    – Charo
    Apr 16, 2020 at 22:05
  • Tutto giusto, ma non ci vuole una pubblicazione scientifica per capire che il padre di Natalia Ginzburg usava sbrodeghezzi e potacci in quel senso: lo dice chiaro e tondo il libro: “Se inzuppavamo il pane nella salsa, gridava: – Non leccate i piatti! Non fate sbrodeghezzi! non fate potacci! / Sbrodeghezzi e potacci erano, per mio padre, anche i quadri moderni, che non poteva soffrire” etc. :)
    – DaG
    Sep 24, 2020 at 19:26
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    Sono stata a rileggere parte del Lessico famigliare e hai completamente ragione, @DaG. Inoltre, c'è una grande tenerezza nella caratterizzazione del padre (e anche della madre) di Natalia Ginzburg.
    – Charo
    Oct 8, 2020 at 19:48

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