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Questions tagged [letters]

Questions regarding letters used in the Italian alphabet

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Uso della E commerciale

Apparentemente in alcune lingue (e.g. il tedesco) è un errore grammaticale utilizzare la "e commerciale" (&) al posto della congiunzione coordinante e. Q: Posto che in italiano questo uso non ...
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What's the origin of /ʎ/ sound of “gli”?

Most of the current Italian pronunciation is retained from Ecclesiastical Latin, such as ce/ci, ge/gi, gn. There's one sound, gli, that I can't find the origin of. Many words containing gli that, ...
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When and how did the letters E and I “swap”, compared to other Romance languages?

I'm trying to understand how some words / word stems / prefixes and suffixes have a "swapped" E and I compared to other Romance languages, or (Vulgar) Latin. For example, the accusative pronouns in ...
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Proper form of addressing ecclesiastics in writing?

What is the proper form of addressing ecclesiastics (bishops, cardinals, superiors, sisters, et al.) when writing letters in Italian? How should such a letter be concluded?
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Silent letters in Italian

Which letters in which situations are silent? I read Italian orthography article but it does not complete (for example it does not mention silent i).
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Italian from 1600 - what is this letter?

I bought an old book in Italian. It's a collection of letters, published in 1600 in Venezia. What is this strange letter (and word)? It's the first letter of the second word. Ho comprato un libro ...
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Perché si usava mettere un trattino sotto e sopra alcune vocali?

Qual è il significato del trattino visibile sotto e sopra ad alcune vocali di quella frase? Perché la prima "E" di Venezia ha un trattino sopra ma la seconda "E" non lo ha?
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How do Italians customarily insert uppercase Italian vowels with diacritics with an Italian keyboard on a PC?

How do Italians typically resolve the issue of entering uppercase vowels with diacritics on a PC (Windows or Linux) with an Italian keyboard, given that these are missing from the printed text ...
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Esistono parole con la doppia 'q' in italiano?

Avevo sempre pensato che le lettere h & q fossero le uniche lettere italiane che non vengono raddoppiate come le altre consonanti. Poi, di recente, mi sono accorto che esiste la parola 'soqquadro'...
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Usare la 'y' per modificare i cognomi

Noto una recente tendenza della stampa satirica a terminare in 'y' alcuni cognomi; per esempio, oggi leggevo Renzy per Renzi e Alfy per Alfano. Sapreste dire quale sia l'origine di questa ...
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Does Italian language have letters for foreign sounds?

Some sounds don't exist in Italian, such as the Arabic sounds dad (ض), qaf (ق), or ain (ع). Are there letters or syllables for these sounds?