A Linguistic History of Italian offers a clear and concise explanation of why modern Italian grammar has become the way it is. It focuses on the effects of historical changes on the modern structure of Italian, revealing patterns and structures which are not always apparent to those who are only familiar with modern Italian. Although the book concentrates on the internal history of the language, the emergence of Italian is considered against the wider background of the history of italian dialects, and other external factors such as cultural and social influences are also examined.

chapter Chapter 1|23 pages


chapter Chapter 2|68 pages

History of the sound system

chapter Chapter 3|105 pages

Structural evolution of nouns, adjectives and verbs

chapter Chapter 4|32 pages

History of Sentence Structure

chapter Chapter 5|47 pages

Variation in Modern Italian