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Why is perché sometimes written perchè instead of perché?

Giacomo Leopardi, the esteemed poet and philologist, wrote perchè (and nè) in his manuscripts, and scholarly editions (e.g., Peruzzi) reprint this accordingly. He was from Recanati, in the Marches; ...
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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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