The Alps are a container of a diversity of languages and dialects: Linguistic connections are a cultural heritage which is brought to light in this volume by Giovan Battista Pellegrini, published to coincide with the UN International Year of the Mountains (2002).
Studi Linguistici alpini – in onore di Giovan Battista Pellegrini
Edited by: various authors
Florence: Istituto di studi per l’Alto Adige, 2001 . – 237 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
This volume collects the papers presented at a conference organized by the Angelini Foundation in honour of the renowned linguist of romantic languages, Giovan Battista Pellegrini. Pellegrini, of Bellunese origins, celebrated his 80th birthday with congratulatory messages from scholars worldwide, and from Switzerland (University of Basil) with a contribution to the volume by Ottavio Lurati.
The text contains 240 pages, edited by Ester Cason, covering the contributions of twenty linguists who wished to remark on the work of Giovan Battista Pellegrini, and emphasize the importance of his researcher, adding their own research with the scope of making the volume accessible for readers interested in the subject even if not specialists in the field in their own right.
The volume brings out in particular the foreign influence on Italo-Romance and its linguistic varieties, on Rhaetian and on Ladin: influences not only of Germanic origin as is commonly believed, but including also Arab, Slavic, and alpine dialectic influences. Many aspects of the cultural richness of the Alps which merit wider public exposure and diffusion are given attention in this volume.