The Tongues of Italy: Prehistory and History
Harvard University Press, 1958 - 465 pagine
Through the centuries, Italy has received many cultures from lands around the Mediterranean and beyond the Alps, which either superseded prevailing Italian cultures or were absorbed by them. But the result is always a mixture. The linguistic evolution of Italy parallels this development, and presented as part of the cultural history it beomes a colorful and exciting tale.--dust jacket.
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