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The Sounds of the Girgenti Dialect and Their Development

Translation and Introduction by Giovanni R. Bussino


Giovanni R. Bussino

The Sounds of the Girgenti Dialect and Their Development is the first English translation of the dissertation submitted by Luigi Pirandello to the University of Bonn in partial fulfillment for a doctorate in Romance philology in 1891. The work presents a detailed account of the phonetics of Girgentine, the author's native Sicilian dialect. In it the young author corrects and supplements much of the philological work of his predecessors. This linguistic study should be of great interest to Pirandello scholars and students especially because of its relevance to the author's ideas on dialectology, and the many important but neglected works he produced in Sicilian.
Contents: The first chapter deals with the stressed and unstressed vowels of the dialect of Girgenti, and the regular and sporadic changes they have undergone over time, while the second chapter similarly focuses on the consonants. The dissertation concludes with the author's curriculum vitae, as well as a list of propositions (or points of discussion) that served as a basis for the defense of his work. The translator-editor has included the few supplementary pages of a second edition of the study, and other material (such as a bibliography and a pertinent epistolary) which the reader should find useful in grasping the total import of this early publication.