Latin Proverbs in Contemporary Italian Cover Image

Proverbi latini nell’italiano contemporaneo
Latin Proverbs in Contemporary Italian

Author(s): Aleksandra Blatešić
Subject(s): Applied Linguistics
Published by: Universitatea de Vest din Timişoara
Keywords: Italian;Latin;proverbs;everyday language;phraseology;

Summary/Abstract: Despite the now widespread claim throughout the world "Latin is a dead language" this belief is not scientifically confirmed. Following the millennial life in antiquity this language is still able to give meaning to our identity and contemporary culture through many expressions, sayings and proverbs that reveal the wisdom of a great civilization. Latin in both original and modified form is still very much alive in contemporary Italian in many areas of use that are not strictly scientific (such as legal or medical-specialist). It is indeed the everyday use in the spoken language of modern Italian that rebels the Latin alive. In this contribution we intend to present the Latin expressions and sayings most present in the Italian language of the XXI century as well as the proverbs of Latin origin, which over time have taken on another meaning, maintaining the ancient and intellectual charm of the expressive force of Latin. The aim of our research, carried out on the paremiological and phraseological material of contemporary Italian, is to show the linguistic and socio-cultural modalities that ensure life in this "dead" language.

  • Issue Year: VIII/2020
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 10-19
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Italian