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Italian from 1600 - what is this letter "p" with a stroke?

I think it's the word "perfetto" (see this list of scribal abbreviations). Mi sembra che sia la parola "perfetto" (vedi questo elenco di abbreviazioni scribali).
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Silent letters in Italian

In the word giorno the letter i has essentially the same role as the h in che. We don't “pronounce” the i, which just denotes using the palatal sound for g like in gesto: /ʤ/. You can call it “silent”,...
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What's the origin of /ʎ/ sound of "gli"?

Serianni's Italiano, speaking of palatal sounds in Italian and why they are always geminated between vowels (/ʎʎ/, /ɲɲ/ and /ʃʃ/), explains (section I.47): Le ragioni della pronuncia intensa di ...
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When and how did the letters E and I "swap", compared to other Romance languages?

It's a good question! I try to be fast, what you do not know about the "PERSONAL PRONOUNS" in the "funzione complemento": It's divided into two forms in Italian language: The forma debole (weak form),...
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Letter J in Italian

The letter “j” has been used in Italian. If you read Pirandello's works you'll find plenty of examples: noja, migliaja, but, curiously enough, olio (where the “i” has consonantal sound as well). I ...
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When and how did the letters E and I "swap", compared to other Romance languages?

There is actually no “swap”. The indirect personal pronouns in Italian have two forms, strong and weak. The strong form generally carries a tonic accent, whereas the weak form is always clitic. For ...
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Proper form of addressing ecclesiastics in writing?

You can find on Treccani's appellativi e epiteti [prontuario] a list of proper forms for most of ecclesiastics and their abbravistions. For a bishop: (Sua) Eccellenza (S. Ecc. o Sua Ecc.): ...
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