El Siciliano Y Su Herencia LinguÍstica EspaÑola

This interdisciplinary study examines the presence of Spanish words in Sicilian/Italian. It sheds light on the Sicilian, Italian, Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese languages (and others to a lesser degree like Arabic, French and English) but also includes historical profiling of the Kingdoms of Aragon, Leon, Castile, Sicily, Naples, Sardinia and Portugal as well as an overview of the Middle Ages, the Italian Renaissance, the Spanish Golden Age and the Baroque Era. It also examines the political policies of the Catalan Dynasty, the Spanish Empire, the Hapsburgs, the Royal Court of Palermo, the Court of Messina, and the Ottoman Empire. As for Sicily itself, not only has its vocabulary been combed to compile an impressive list of words of Hispanic provenance, but the book also looks at the Sicilian economy, government and social institutions between the 13th and 17th centuries.


“After laying the necessary theoretical foundations concerning language contact and after placing the contact between languages in its social, political, and historical context (the mysterious episode known as the ‘Sicilian Vespers’ is treated with particular skill), Tornatore systematically investigates each possible semantic field where Sicilians would have been likely to borrow lexical items from Hispanic dialects. The documentation is truly astounding; no potential source of lexical information is left unexamined. In the process Tornatore weighs in on several debated questions of dating and provenance. Because of his command of the larger linguistic picture, his solutions are the most persuasive to date. This book is not only destined to become the definitive work on Hispanisms in Sicilian; it is also a model of the highest standards of Romance lexical scholarships.” – Dr. Jeffrey Turley, Brigham Young University

“Matthew Tornatore has written an excellent book on the subject of Hispanisms in the Sicilian Dialect, a fine contribution to the study of that dialect and incidentally of the peninsular languages. It is written in exemplary style and with compelling logic…. The study of Sicilian vocabulary is accompanied in each case by a study of the history and cultural history of Sicily. Tornatore has taken seriously the notion that scholarship is a combination, to use Croce’s terms, of the intuitive and the symbolic, that scholarship is done not only with the mind, but also with the heart. The result is convincing.” – James W. Marchand, Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
Estudio histórico, teórico y lingüístico de la influencia española reflejada en el dialecto siciliano
Foreword; Prólogo
1. Introducción teórica
2. Introducción histórica
3. Terminología nautical
4. Terminología commercial
5. Terminología military
Conclusiones; bibliografía
Índices de palabras: árabes; catalanas y valencianas; españolas; francesas, provenzales y occitanas; griegas; inglesas; italianas literarias y dialectales; latinas clásicas, bulgares e hipotéticas; portuguesas y gallegas; sardas; sicilianas
Índice general de palabras estudiadas

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