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Why is gemination so common in Italian?

Why do reduplicated/geminated letters (lettere doppie o geminate) occur more frequently in Italian than in other Romance languages like Spanish or French? Examples of gemination in Italian (w/ ...
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Pronunciation of 'z' at the beginning of a word

It appears that the pronunciation of 'z' at the beginning of a word is controlled by the subsequent consonant(s), that is, [ts] when followed by the aspirated [f], [k], [p], [t], and then [dz] when ...
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Origini della distinzione tra o ed e chiuse e aperte

Faccio fatica a trovare fonti online per quanto riguarda le origini etimologiche tra la [e] e la [ɛ], e tra la [o] e la [ɔ]. In latino la e era chiusa solo quando lunga, e così anche la o, ma la ...
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How is 'ci' or 'ce' syllable pronounced in Italian?

According to a book I read ci is pronounced chi. I don't know if it's my hearing but why do I hear sh in the TV show Gomorra? Is there an sh regional variant maybe?
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Regional Accent ID

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) https://tinyurl.com/rthy2zx Well, I think she's mimicking a ...
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Pronunciation rule for -gia sound

I've been taught that in Italian an "i" after a "g" is silent and only serves to mark the "g" as having a soft ("j") sound. But in my study I came across bugia and others like strategia, magia and ...
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Phonology of gg + i

I read that gg is a geminated or lengthened consonant - I also have read that before i, g is made into the affricate. Do I make it into a geminated affricate?
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Are these two sentences pronounced the same?

Are these two sentences pronounced the same? La donna ha il burro and La donna il burro.
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Pronuncia delle vocali “e” e “i” per studente inglese

Vorrei un consiglio su come aiutare una studentessa (anglofona) che continua a confondere le "i" con le "e". In particolare quando una parola in italiano finisce in "e", lei la pronucia "i". Credo sia ...
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Perché in Turandot la Cina è chiamata China?

Ascoltando l'opera Turandot, con musica di Giacomo Puccini e Franco Alfano, e libretto di Giuseppe Adami e Renato Simoni, un fatto che ha sempre attirato la mia attenzione è che il paese dove si ...
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Pronunciation of “portò”

Is the 3rd person singular of the "passato remoto" tense of "portare" (lui portò) pronounced [por'tɔ] ? It should be, but I (maybe incorrectly) hear [por'to] in Google Translate (I used the text "lui ...
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Pronunciation of the 3rd person singular of the conditional tense

Is the -ebbe ending in the 3rd person singular of the conditional tense pronounced /ɛbe/ or /ebe/ (e.g., "sarebbe")? Are there regional differences? I hear both in https://forvo.com/word/sarebbe/.
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Pronunciation of “sincero” and “sinceramente”

Word Reference's Italian dictionary gives the following pronunciations: sincero: /sinˈtʃɛro/ sinceramente: /sintʃeraˈmente/ Is this correct? If so, is it usual that the pronunciation of a vowel of ...
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Dropping -re at the end of a verb - pronunciation

I'm watching a movie whose story takes place in Rome. People often drop the -RE ending in verb infinitives. Example: Sai che l'avvocato è l'unico che può farti uscire? The speaker pronounces "...
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Italian pronunciation of the differential dx

I asked this question already here, someone suggested to move the discussion to this website. I hope some of the Italian users (at least) can help me out with this curiosity. I have always been used ...
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Pronunciation of ce/ci in Rome

The standard pronunciation of C before the vowels I and E (occurring, for instance, in words "innocente" and "abbraccio") is /tʃ/ . However, I am watching a movie which takes place in Rome and ...
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Pronunciation of famoso and cosa

The Word Reference dict says that the pronunciation of "famoso" is /famoso/ and that the pronunciation of "cosa" is /kɔsa/ but in Forvo I heard /famozo/ (https://forvo.com/word/famoso/) and /coza/ (...
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Question about words ending with `glia` or `lia` (or `glio` or `lio`)

Novice Italian-language speaker here, so apologies for the elementary question, which is as follows. What is the difference between pronouncing (e.g.) the words Puglia and Pulia (contrived)? I ask ...
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Elisione in questi casi?

I numeri possono SEMPRE essere soggetti a elisione sia nella pronuncia che nello scritto davanti a parole che iniziano per vocale? Tipo: Diciott'ore, vent'anni, ott'ore, quindic'anni. Cosa prevede ...
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The use of the spellings -zz- vs. -z-

Is there any reason why some words are spelled with -zz-, but others are spelled with -z- between vowels? My understanding is that either spelling can correspond to either of the following two ...
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La pronuncia standard dell'italiano è effettivamente cambiata, ed in particolare, si è “settentrionalizzata”?

Recentemente ho iniziato a prendere lezioni di dizione da un'attrice diplomata, per correggere la cadenza dialettale (meridionale) ed alcuni vezzi di pronuncia. Ebbene, molti degli errori che mi sono ...
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Does R + vowel at starts of a word pronounce like RR?

I just read this page and found that it listed these words under the /ɾ/ sound: /ɾ/ fare, amaro, regalo Note the bold word. In Spanish and Portuguese, if a single R is at the start of a word, it ...
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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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Perché “reni” si pronuncia con la “e” chiusa quando ha il significato di “lombi” e con la “e” aperta quando sono invece gli organi interni?

Mi sono appena accorta di un aspetto della lingua italiana che mi sembra davvero curioso (e molto difficile da ricordare): nell'italiano standard, "reni" quando ha il significato di "lombi" o "regione ...
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Tremosine sul Garda, pronuncia corretta

L'unico riferimento esplicito alla pronuncia (3⁰ paragrafo) di Tremosine che abbia trovato da Tremòsine, sdrucciolo mentre di solito vedo scritto Tremosine, senza accento, verosimilmente piano... ...
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Coppia minima nell'italiano regionale

Solo alcune varianti di italiano regionale possiedono le sette vocali dell'italiano standard (/a/, /e/, /ɛ/, /i/, /o/, /ɔ/, /u/): Negli italiani regionali sono documentati sia sistemi con sette ...
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PrEndere but tenEre

Could anyone refer me to a rule explaining why verbs ending with -ere have different stressed syllables? What I have understood so far is that I should look them up in the dictionary. Thank you
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Raddoppio consonante iniziale [duplicate]

Nella pronuncia italiana, in alcuni casi la consonante all'inizio della parola viene pronunciata come se fosse doppia. Esempio: vado a Casa. Suppongo che questa cosa abbia un nome, e che ci sia una ...
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The correct pronunciation of the “ʎʎ” sound in IPA

scegliere (ˈʃeʎʎere) scegli (ˈʃeʎʎi) ??? I'm not sure how to pronounce the "ʎʎ" sound in IPA corresponding to the spelling "gli", since on the following links, the pronunciations ...
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Are there any words with different pronunciation but same meaning?

Are there any words like can be pronunced in different ways but still have the same meaning in italiano?
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Perché da crusta è derivato cròsta (o aperta) e non crósta (o chiusa)?

La parola italiana crosta deriva, stando al mio Devoto-Oli, dal latino crusta. Dato che in latino c'è una u, io mi aspetterei, per paragone con tante altre parole, una o chiusa, dunque crósta. Invece ...
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Phonetic transcription dictionary

Where can I find an Italian phonetic transcription dictionary like CMUDict is for US English? CMUSphinx says that they have Italian pronunciation dictionary, but I cannot find it for download ...
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Pronunciation of words ending in consonant in Senese Italian

The term Senese Italian refers to the Italian language as spoken in and close to Siena, Tuscany. When a word ends in consonant, Senese Italian speakers tend to geminate said consonant and to follow it ...
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Which online text-to-speech engine is more accurate?

I did some research and it appears like there are few or no online resources for Italian pronunciation (I hope that I am wrong). Which text-to-speech engine is more accurate for Italian words among ...
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Perché si dice WC (vi ci) ma WWW è vu vu vu?

Salve, uno studente mi ha chiesto perché nella parola WC la doppia V si pronuncia come una "vi", ma la doppia V di un sito internet è invece pronunciata "vu". Chi mi sa spiegare il motivo? Grazie!
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How to transliterate 中文 in Mandarin pronunciation to Italian?

I am working on an art project where I would like to collect hundreds of different transliterations of 「中文」 zhōng wén in Mandarin Chinese. (Pronunciation available here: https://translate.google.com/#...
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When do I pronounce “i” in “sci-”?

From orbilat: the i is not pronounced in the combinations ci, gi, and sci when they are followed by a, o or u, unless the accent falls on the i But what is the role in words like sciare [ʃiˈaːre]...
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C'è qualche differenza di pronuncia della “s” tra “chiuso” e “frase”?

Ho cominciato un corso d'italiano in cui ho fatto un esercizio orale. La mia insegnante mi ha fatto vedere che non sempre riesco a pronunciare bene la "s" intervocalica. In particolare, in questo ...
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Cosa significa “bumpete”? È una parola piana o sdrucciola?

Nella commedia Morte accidentale di un anarchico, di Dario Fo, a un certo momento il personaggio del Matto dice Bumpete... È arrivato l'avvoltoio! come commento a quello che ha spiegato prima una ...
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Why is Paris called Parigi in Italian?

Specifically, why the 'gi' sound ? Sorry for writing in English, my Italian isn't good.
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How is 'sii' supposed to be pronounced?

How is sii (the singular informal imperative of essere) supposed to be pronounced? si-i (with two distinct i's of different emphasis as in the word 'zii') or sii (with the vowel held slightly ...
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Pronuncia strana della “s” dopo una “r”: un fenomeno romano o di tutta l'Italia?

Vivo a Roma da un po' di tempo e ho visto che la s a volte si pronuncia come una z sorda (cioè, /t͡s/) dopo una r. Alcuni esempi: Persona spesso si pronuncia come perzona o /pert͡sona/ Verso come ...
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Pronuncia sce sci (e ce e ci?)

Salve a tutti. Vorrei chiedervi se secondo voi è corretto dire ai miei alunni che SC ha il suono duro se seguito da A O U (scale, bosco, scuro) ma "soft" se seguito da E e da I (scendere, scivolare, ...
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Stressed syllable

I've been learning Italian recently just by myself on a very casual basis. One thing that I find confusing is which syllable to stress. I've read the rules - i.e. usually the penultimate syllable is ...
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Sulla pronuncia del nome Elena

Ieri in Catalogna si è festeggiato San Giorgio. Si tratta della "festa" delle rose e dei libri (non so se "festa" sia la parola più adeguata perché di solito questo giorno si lavora). È tradizionale ...
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Could any native Italian speakers give me pronunciation advice please? [closed]

Can any native Italians please give me feedback on my pronunciation please? http://vocaroo.com/i/s0Ky9i1XlQNT Of course, I'm not looking for near native pronunciation, just 1) to be understood, and ...
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Prosodic stress in Italian

Just when you think you've got your ear attuned to when one ought to drop a note/ tone (or whatever it should be called) when speaking an Italian sentence, you listen to words that don't seem to ...
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Phonology: what is the most useful list of Italian minimal pairs?

I'm looking for a practical list of minimal pairs to help with learning Italian pronunciation, but can't find anything in the public domain. If anyone has a list it would be most helpful if they ...
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Why are the endings to these two words pronounced differently? Mangia ~ Genealogia

Why is mangia pronounced with a "ja" sound of one syllable at its end, and genealogia pronounced with two syllables, with the sounds "gee" and "ah"? They are both spelled gia. I thought the rules ...
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Where does one find pronunciation, spelling, and phonetic rules in English for Italian?

In English, a native speaker learns to spell based on the way words sound. Correspondingly, one learns to pronounce a word based on its spelling, using phonetics. This involves rules learned when ...