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A Reference Grammar of Modern Italian (HRG) Paperback – 25 May 2007
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...an excellent grammar, impressive for its completeness of coverage and clarity of exposition...makes effective use of current assumptions in linguistics and of recent advances in the description of the Italian language. Also includes original observations and analyses not available elsewhere. A significant addition to the literature, which will prove difficult to surpass.Giulio Lepschy, Professor of Italian, University o...a remarkable achievment in its vast and comprehensive description of the modern Italian langauge. The degree of detail in most areas covered will make consultation of this work a rewarding experince even for the seasoned and, I would venture to say, for the native speaker of Italian too....this book delves skillfully into every nook and cranny of the Italian langauge.Italian Studies --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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For the final word on all aspects of Italian grammar
A Reference Grammar of Modern Italian is the authority of how the language is spoken and written in Italy and in the rest of the Italian-speaking world. Inside you will find everything you need to know to read and write in Italian confidently.
Each grammar element is clearly explained and accompanied by plentiful examples, many paired with their English equivalent. Extensive cross-referencing of topics will help you find what you need quickly and easily. With this comprehensive reference at your side, you'll find yourself reading and writing in Italian with confidence.
A Reference Grammar of Modern Italian gives you:
- Correct usage in the appropriate situationsformal, colloquial, popular, and familiar
- The latest additions to Italian vocabulary, including language dealing with e-mail and the Internet
- Examples from Italian newspapers, novels, publications, and other media so you can see exactly how the language is used today
Just some of the topics covered by this authority on Italian grammar:
Interrogative structures * Uses of verb forms * Aspects of sentence structure * Negative constructions * Conjunctions and discourse markers * Word derivation * Forms of address
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I would recommend this book to anyone who wants accurate and detailed information. I think you need this if you want to master the language.
This isn't a book to be read through as a course in learning Italian - it is, as its title states, a reference grammar. If you're ever stuck for knowing whether to use 'avere' or 'essere' in a compound tense, this book will tell you all that you're ever likely to want to know.
But if you want to take your Italian up to a higher level, then this reference grammar by Maiden and Robustelli is an extremely useful tool.
It is a book to be dipped into, rather than one to work through cover to cover. For example, I have just been learning how the traditional Tuscan usage of “si” as “we” has spread into wider use, especially in the spoken language. So we get: “Si viene anche noi!” for “We’re coming too!”
The large number of useful examples of usage for each grammatical point is the best feature of the book.
The last two chapters are particularly useful. They cover formal and informal discourse and forms of address, and in more detail than I have seen elsewhere. So we learn that it would NOT be acceptable to say, “Ciao signora, si accomodi.” (Because the “ciao” is informal, while the rest is formal.)
And how about this as an example (not recommended!) of informal discourse? “Stai zitto o ti spacco il muso.” (“Shut up or I’ll smash your face in.”)
I bought this grammar because previous reviewers had mentioned the worth of the companion Practising Italian Grammar volume of exercises and I agree that that too is very good.
In conclusion I can only add my own expression of immense gratitude to all whose work has gone into this item.