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Does this text have non-standard Italian?

It is standard Italian, although some passage are in a "poetic" language (uncommon word order, some truncations or archaisms). The only word that's leaving me a little bit puzzled is ar, which could ...
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The use of the spellings -zz- vs. -z-

This isn't a complete answer, but while Googling to try to find out more, I came across the following explanation for why some speakers might think there is a difference in pronunciation: The ...
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Why is gemination so common in Italian?

It is not a matter of syllabification, rather the doubling of the consonant indicates a different pronunciation. It is perhaps hard at first for non native speakers to hear the difference, but ...
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Esiste un modo per sapere quando usare le doppie?

Non ci può essere una regola. Gli esempi di coppie minime sono tanti: casa/cassa fata/fatta copia/coppia cola/colla sera/serra e così via. Nessun correttore automatico che non ...
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Why is gemination so common in Italian?

You have to distinguish between gemination in spelling and pronunciation. French has a lot of geminated consonants in spelling, but none in pronunciation (except maybe at word boundaries, when a word ...
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How to spell crac ( = predestinato a grandi cose)?

At Grande dizionario della lingua italiana you can find the voice "crack" with this meaning: Nel poker, nel bridge, ecc., giocatore molto abile, ritenuto imbattibile.      ...
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Is "Cafeé und Thée Logia" partly Italian?

The only occurrence I could find of a spelling similar to cafeé in an Italian text is caveè, in a report by 16th-century cardinal and ambassador Gianfrancesco Morosini, as quoted in Le relazioni degli ...
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Native Italian words still spelled with a 'j'?

Apart from the vague suggestions I gave in the comments, perhaps the nearest to an actual answer is here. The digital version of Zingarelli dictionary allows some quite refined searches. It is mostly ...
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The use of the spellings -zz- vs. -z-

According to the Enciclopedia Treccani the first instance of this decision was made by Salviati, in his Avvertimenti sopra la lingua del Decamerone A fine Cinquecento, è fondamentale la figura di ...
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How did "chiave" get a masculine ending?

-e is not a typically masculine ending at all. Just think of ape, arte, automobile, base, botte, capitale, carne, cassaforte, cenere, classe, comune, croce, estate, falce, fame, fede, filiale, fine, ...
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How to spell crac ( = predestinato a grandi cose)?

As @Charo mentioned, the word crack does come from English. This question on another SE website explores the question a little further. The origin of the word can be traced back to 1793 apparently. ...
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Stampatello e corsivo: altri modi di scrivere la lettera "a" in italiano

È semplicemente lo stampatello minuscolo. Sia lo stampatello che il corsivo prevedono sia le lettere maiuscole (A, B, C...) che quelle minuscole (a, b, c...).
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Complete list of nonforeign spelling exceptions involving the use of the letter "h" in Italian?

From the Italian Orthography Wikipedia page (translated): Grapheme 〈h〉 In Italian 〈h〉 is a so-called "silent" letter, i.e. without a phonological value (although in some cases it may indicate ...
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List of pairs of words (having different meaning) differing only in a stressed final e vowel (which must be either è or é)?

As far as I'm aware, the only pair of words spelled as such in Italian are: bè1 vs Bé3 The list increases somewhat if you expand your criteria from words ending ...è vs ...é to words with terminal ...
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How did "chiave" get a masculine ending?

Generally, nouns ending in -o are masculine (il gelato, il tavolo) and those ending in -a are feminine (l’arancia, la sedia). Nouns ending in -e can be either masculine or feminine (il cellulare is ...
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Uso della lettera "j" nella parola bojate

Riguardo all'uso del grafema j, nella sezione I.151 del suo libro Italiano (editato per la prima volta nel 1997), Luca Serianni afferma: Il grafema j è stato tradizionalmente impiegato fino agl'...
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Uso, significato e spelling di "bimbominchia"

In questo articolo vengono spiegate la nascita e la diffusione di bimbominchia. L'articolo spiega che il termine nacque su Manicomio, un forum creato all’interno di NGI. L'utente più famoso era Lord ...
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Why is gemination so common in Italian?

Short answer: Some Romance languages originally developed in quite isolated geographical areas, Sardinia and central-southern Italian Peninsula, have preserved original Latin geminated consonants. In ...
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Esiste un modo per sapere quando usare le doppie?

L'unica soluzione è imparare a distinguere la diversa pronuncia. Il motivo per cui so che moto si scrive con una lettera sola e motto con due è perché se le dico a voce alta, la prima la pronuncio ['...
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Uso, significato e spelling di "bimbominchia"

La scelta della k invece del ch sta a sottolineare la parodia di una delle scelte di scrittura di un "bimbominkia" fornendogli un rafforzativo che nel tempo lo ha fatto diventare la forma prevalente. ...
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What's the purpose of the grave accent in penultimate syllables in Sicilian?

While this question is borderline off-topic (referring as it does not only to Sicilian, which is a different language from Italian, but to a fictional form of it), the answer is simple: in Italian – ...
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