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Assessing the impact of English abbreviations on the Italian language. A discussion based on the forms, frequency and functions of USA in written texts

De Cesare, Anna-Maria. (2016) Assessing the impact of English abbreviations on the Italian language. A discussion based on the forms, frequency and functions of USA in written texts. The Italianist, 36 (1). pp. 128-145.

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Abstract

The goal of this paper is to assess the impact of English on the structures of contemporary Italian by focusing on the use of abbreviations, a phenomenon that is usually not taken into account systematically when dealing with anglicisms used in Italian. Specifically, the paper is devoted to the abbreviation USA , which is a commonly occurring form in contemporary Italian functioning as both a noun and an adjective. On the basis of different corpora of written texts, the paper offers insights into the forms, frequency, morpho-syntactic and pragmatic functions of the abbreviation USA , discusses to what extent this abbreviation competes with alternative forms (Stati Uniti, americano etc. ) and highlights the process that led to its use as an adjective. In the conclusion, important descriptive and theoretical implications of our findings are presented.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften > Fachbereich Italianistik > Italianistik (de Cesare Greenwald)
UniBasel Contributors:De Cesare Greenwald, Anna-Maria
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:University of Reading
ISSN:0261-4340
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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