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978-1-7936-0316-6 • Hardback • October 2019 • $105.00 • (£81.00)
978-1-7936-0317-3 • eBook • October 2019 • $99.50 • (£77.00)
Gian Marco Farese is research associate in linguistics at the Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy at Chapman University and honorary lecturer in linguistics at Australian National University.
Chapter 1. Parlami e Ti Dirò Chi Sei
Chapter 2. Che Bello!
Chapter 3. Una Brutta Storia
Chapter 4. Italiani, Brava Gente
Chapter 5. Italiani Sapientoni
Chapter 6. Italiani Attori
Chapter 7. Italiani Comandanti
Chapter 8. Conclusione
About the Author
This is a courageous book. It shows how something as elusive as ‘national character’ can be subjected to empirical analysis, using a universal theory of communication to define Cultural Keywords of one specific culture. Using close logical argument, it skips nimbly through a minefield, avoiding the dangers of generalization and stereotype. This book sets a high standard of scientific rigor for any future conversation on the topic. Personally, I have been learning Italian for nearly fifty years and I loved this investigation by a native Italian speaker who writes in English to help me understand things I had intuited but never grasped so clearly before.
— John Kinder, University of Western Australia
This book is a bold and original attempt to see Italian culture in the mirror of Italian cultural key words and associated “cultural scripts.” I know of no other “language and culture” book which would be similarly rich in fresh observations and insights grounded in a careful analysis of word meanings. This highly readable and enjoyable book is a priceless resource for Italian language learners and an eye-opener for Italians themselves. It also provides an invaluable model for exploring cultural semantics of other languages and for teaching culture through language.
— Anna Wierzbicka, Australian National University