final "oo" in Sicilian dialect
pfarr at UCLINK4.BERKELEY.EDU
Thu Feb 6 02:30:35 UTC 2003
I think this vowel substitution may not be limited to the Sicilian
dialect(s), but may be common to several Southern Italian regions. I have
found it among Neopolitan-derived folks in the US (T Soprano's roots, by
Second, the substitution seems to occur frequently in other syllables, not
just the last syllable of a word.
"Moozzarell__" for mozzarella is the biggest example that comes to mind
(this also captures the tendency to silence the final vowel in words where
the penultimate syllable is stressed)
At 01:38 PM 2/5/03, you wrote:
>Thanks for your response, Frank, and for your confirmation of my
>suspicion, Steve. I'd actually begun to look up the Latin sources
>for the Sicilian words in -u that I remember, and, so far, they all do
>seem to go back to Latin u -- not only in the case of nouns (like
>"culu" [standard It. culo, < L. culus], meaning "rear end," and also
>used by my grandmother to name the end piece cut from a stick of
>Italian bread), but also for verbs (like "mangiamu" [standard It.
>"mangiamo," < L. mandimus], meaning "let's eat" (in Latin,
>actually, "let's chew").
>Does this mean that Tony Soprano speaks the wrong dialect of
>On 5 Feb 2003, at 16:32, Frank Abate wrote:
> > I don't specifically recall anything like this, but it has been many
> > more than 30, since my Sicilian grandparents were alive. And I
> > with them, only visited on holidays and such.
> > So I can't speak to the final sound in the words noted, sorry.
> > Frank
> > Frank Abate
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