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The influence of English on the contemporary language of Italian politics


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Šamija, Blanka. (2018). The influence of English on the contemporary language of Italian politics. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of English Language and Literature. [mentor Josipović Smojver, Višnja].

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English as a global language has undoubtedly made an impact on European languages. In this paper, its influence on the contemporary language of Italian politics will be examined, starting from first cultural and linguistic contacts between English and Italian, and concentrating on the pivotal role of English in the Italian political jargon. Italian has borrowed many English words, predominantly from the semantic fields of technology, politics, economy, and science. However, numerous borrowings denote unique objects and concepts, brought into the language in the absence of equivalent terms. Nonetheless, contemporary Italian continues to import English loanwords, thus ignoring the already existing Italian equivalents. Overall, this paper will focus on such superfluous loanwords used by Italian politicians, who insist on using English items, even though they often use them in a way unrecognizable to native speakers of English. In order to provide such an analysis, this thesis will focus on Anglicisms published in journalistic texts related to politics, issued in La Repubblica (daily general-interest newspaper). Following an examination of the empirical data, this thesis contrasts the use of English by native and non-native speakers.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Politics, Language, Anglicism, Contemporary, Act
Subjects: English language and literature
Italian Studies
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Supervisor: Josipović Smojver, Višnja
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2018 10:47
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2018 10:47

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