The Italian Language in Contact with English

A lecture by Mairi McLaughlin

Thursday, February 27 at 7:30 pm

Museo Italo Americano, Fort Mason, Building C, San Francisco


Italian is a language of rich variety, with a singular history and a very bright future. In this lecture, Mairi Mclaughlin, a professor at UC Berkeley specializing in Romance Languages and Linguistics, examines the effect that contact with English has on the Italian language. She will explore how the language changed once it had been brought by emigration to countries such as Britain and the United States. She will also discuss how the language spoken in Italy today is changing because of the dominance of English in the media.Professor McLaughlin focuses her research on linguistic variation and change in Italian and French. She addresses the relationship between language and the media, language contact, and translation as a linguistic variable.

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