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The Italian radio and its linguistic importance

Author(s): Mirela Aioane
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Editura Universitaria Craiova
Keywords: radio; Italian; Broadcasting the Italian language

Summary/Abstract: The paper presents the importance of the radio in broadcasting the Italian language among the Italian population, that was predominantly dialectophone and illiterate at the beginning of the twentieth century. Standard Italian, spoken only in Toscany, was the privilege of the upper classes of society. The press, the radio and later, television were and still are means of linguistic unification. In radio communication the direct interaction between emitter and receiver is absent, typical of mass communication, any visual support is also absent, and thus, all these aspects had a decisive role in standardizing the spoken language through the radio, both from the lexical, phonetic and morphosyntactic points of view. The radio is the mirror of regional and social stratification, functioning for 86 years as a school of Italian language.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 13-20
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Italian