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Lettere dall’impero ottomano alla corte di Toscana (1577-1640). Un contributo alla conoscenza dell’italiano scritto nel Levante


Baglioni, D (2011). Lettere dall’impero ottomano alla corte di Toscana (1577-1640). Un contributo alla conoscenza dell’italiano scritto nel Levante. Lingua e stile, 46(1):3-70.

Abstract

By studying letters sent by several Ottoman governors to the Grand Dukes of Tuscany in the years 1577-1640, the paper aims to contribute to a better definition of the so-called 'Levant Italian', the variety of Italian which served as a commercial and diplomatic lingua franca between Turks and Westerners in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire. These letters, currently kept at the State Archives of Florence, are Italian translations of original Turkish or Arabic texts, which were made in loco by Sephardic merchants and brokers who traded in the Mediterranean and occasionally served as interpreters. The analysis of the main orthographic, phonetic, morpho-syntactic, and lexical features of the letters shows the existence of a wide net of Jewish traders/interpreters sharing similar linguistic uses.

Abstract

By studying letters sent by several Ottoman governors to the Grand Dukes of Tuscany in the years 1577-1640, the paper aims to contribute to a better definition of the so-called 'Levant Italian', the variety of Italian which served as a commercial and diplomatic lingua franca between Turks and Westerners in the Early Modern Ottoman Empire. These letters, currently kept at the State Archives of Florence, are Italian translations of original Turkish or Arabic texts, which were made in loco by Sephardic merchants and brokers who traded in the Mediterranean and occasionally served as interpreters. The analysis of the main orthographic, phonetic, morpho-syntactic, and lexical features of the letters shows the existence of a wide net of Jewish traders/interpreters sharing similar linguistic uses.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
470 Latin & Italic languages
410 Linguistics
440 French & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
Language:Italian
Date:2011
Deposited On:19 Mar 2012 14:18
Last Modified:14 Sep 2016 13:46
Publisher:Mulino
ISSN:0024-385X
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1417/34817
Official URL:http://www.mulino.it/rivisteweb/scheda_articolo.php?id_articolo=34817

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