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Present perfect vs simple past from a geographical perspective

This question deals with the usage of passato prossimo vs passato remoto from a grammatical perspective and the answers cover the subject quite extensively. There is a hint at the geographical ...
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Who decided the switch from “voi” to “Lei” in the 20th century?

I know from older and southern Italian friends that in their childhood they used the "voi" pronoun (like "vous" in French) as a polite form to address other persons. So how come this switched nowadays ...
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History of Italian dialects?

I had an Italian professor in college who recommended me two books on the history of the development of Italy's dozens of dialects. I think they were written in the mid-20th century. Does anyone here ...
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Italianizzazione delle parole durante il fascismo

Ho trovato in rete un'interessante tabella contenente molte parole straniere che, durante il ventennio, furono "italianizzate" (alcune con risultati a mio avviso abbastanza comici). Qualcuno ne ...
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Italian number words from eleven to nineteen - history of a bizarre, inconsistent construction [duplicate]

Let's count in Latin from one to twenty: ūnus/ūna/ūnum, duo/duae/duo, trēs/tria, quattuor, quīnque, sex, septem, octō, novem, decem, ūndecim, duodecim, tredecim, quattuordecim, quīndecim, sēdecim, ...
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Qual è il “vero” dialetto umbro?

Sono nato e ho sempre vissuto in Umbria e, avendo oggi scoperto questo bel sito, ne approfitto per fare una domanda -spero- interessante. Come forse saprete in questa piccola regione si parlano un po'...
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Qual è la causa della divisione geografica tra il passato prossimo e il passato remoto? [duplicate]

Più o meno chiunque che abbia vissuto in più parti d'Italia ha sicuramente notato che, nell'Italiano parlato, c'è una spiccata differenza geografica nella formazione del tempo passato. In Italia ...
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Until what time was “spizare” in use?

In response to my first question, Charo pointed out that spizare is an archaic form of spicciare. Archaic, however, can mean a lot of things; maybe it was in use only before 1600, maybe it was only ...
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How different was Dante's spoken dialect from the language of the Divina Commedia?

It is often said that Dante invented the Italian language, but how different was the dialect Dante spoke from the language of his Divina Commedia?