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 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 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 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 at 17:28
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    Can someone write an answer? – Denis Nardin Mar 20 at 19:14

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.

  • 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 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 at 22:05

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