Italian as a "Pure" Language

Maria Anna Calamia mcalamia at
Mon Apr 2 18:13:31 UTC 2001

Could you please define "dialect mixture"? How does this relate to Italian
having a structrue where the orthography is matched by its phonetic system?

Maria Anna Calamia
University of Toronto

>From: "David L. White" <dlwhite at>
>Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2001 15:52:58 -0600

>>> The main advantage Italian has, to simplify a bit, is that it did not go
>>> through the Great Vowel Shift.

>> That might be simplifying a bit too much

>         I admit I should have mentioned dialect mixture as a major
>contributor to the problem.

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