This Italian reference grammar provides students, teachers and others interested in the Italian language with a comprehensive, accessible and jargon-free guide to the forms and structure of Italian.
Whatever their level of knowledge of the language, learners of Italian will find this book indispensable: it gives clear and detailed explanations of everything from the most elementary facts such as the relation between spelling and pronunciation, or the forms of the article, to more advanced points such as the various nuances of the subjunctive. Formal or archaic discourse is distinguished from informal, everyday usage, and regionalisms are also indicated where appropriate.
The authors have taken care to make it an easy and illuminating reference tool: extensive cross-referencing enables readers to quickly find the information they require, and also stimulates them to discover new, related facts.
Table of Contents
2. Spelling and pronunciation
3. Nouns and adjectives
4. The articles
6. Personal pronouns
7. Relative structures
8. Interrogative structures
9. Indefinite, quantifier and negative pronouns and adjectives
10. Possessives and related constructions
12. Numerals and related expressions
13. Adverbs and adverbial constructions
14. Forms of the verb
15. Uses of the verb forms
16. Comparative, superlative and related constructions
17. Aspects of sentence structure
18. Negative constructions
19. Conjunctions and discourse markers
20. Word derivation
21. Time expressions
22. Forms of address
Matin Maiden is Professor of Romance Languages at the Univesity of Oxford.
Cecilia Robustelli is Professor of Italian Linguistics at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.