As far as Italy and Italian are concerned, the concept of language usage largely depends on the fact that, for centuries and well after the political unifcation of Italy in 1861, Italian existed only as a literary language, while people spoke the local dialect or the regional variety of the language. This paper provides a brief historical introduction to the problem of usage and its presentation in dictionaries before com- menting on two fairly recent, and conceptually different, models of usage in Italian lexicography. Both the Dizionario italiano Sabatini-Co- letti and the Nuovo dizionario De Mauro date from the late 1990s, but while the latter is corpus-based and relies on word-frequency lists, the former introduces the concept of word availability (as distinct from word frequency) and applies it in its entries. In a way, these different lexicographical approaches show that language usage is still an issue of concern in the Italian linguistic panorama of the twenty-frst century.
Usage in the Lexicography of Italian: Two Viewpoints and a Few Basic Reflections / G. Polimeni. - In: DICTIONARIES. - ISSN 0197-6745. - 40:2(2019), pp. 117-132.
|Titolo:||Usage in the Lexicography of Italian: Two Viewpoints and a Few Basic Reflections|
|Parole Chiave:||Sabatini-Coletti, De Mauro, word frequency, word availability, usage in Italian lexicography|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore L-FIL-LET/12 - Linguistica Italiana|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2019|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/dic.2019.0016|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|