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Italian Language in Trouble?

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With the current state of the economy in countries all over the world, governments are doing their best to decrease spending. In the case of Italy, however, these cuts might come at a high cost for the Italian language.  The Italian government has been working to cut from state-funded research organizations that employ fewer than 70 people, such as the Accademia della Crusca. This institute has been the “custodian” of the Italian language since 1612, the year in which it published Italy’s first dictionary.


Employees of the Accademia are especially concerned for the state of the Italian language in today’s increasingly globalizing world. English words have already begun to make their way into Italian conversations, particularly corporate buzzwords. Because Italian has not thrived in Italy as a spoken language for very long (only 10% of the population spoke Italian when Italy was unified in the 19th century), experts at the Accademia della Crusca consider it to be very “fragile.” It is especially fragile because Italians do not have the same pride in their language as the French have in theirs, explained Nicoletta Maraschio, President of the Accademia della Crusca.

The culture minister, Giancarlo Galan, stated that he would try to change the budget decree, which would cut all of the academy’s €190,000 annual funding, as it makes its way through parliament. But, Maraschio worries that this would not be enough, explaining that the academy’s only hope is that the Prime Minister himself will champion their cause and intervene directly to keep the institute alive. According to Maraschio, "cutting funds to institutes like us may appeal to some, but the Italian language is crucial to something which has huge economic value – this country's cultural patrimony." Read more here. http://bit.ly/o1mXTu