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1 IZZO, Herbert J. University of Toronto Romance Series No. 20. Tuscan & Etruscan : The Problem of Linguistic Substratum Influence in Central Italy. First Edition in dustjacket
University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 1972, ISBN:08202052495 
IZZO, Herbert J. Tuscan & Etruscan : The Problem of Linguistic Substratum influence in Central Italy. (Toronto) : University of Toronto Press, (1972).First Edition Pp (10),[3]-238,(2). 8vo, grey cloth, gilt lettering to spin e. No. 20 in the University of Toronto Romance Series. "The Italian spoken in most of Tuscany is characterized by a number of peculiar pronunciations which for over halt a century Romance scholars have explained by a theory of linguistic substratum influence. This theory postulates that present-day Tuscan pronunciation is a survival of the 'foreign accent' with which the ancient Etruscans must have spoken Latin when Rome first began to extend itspower and language over the rest of Italy. Professor Izzo has undertaken a new and thorough investigation of modern Tuscan pronunciation, disproving this hypothesis and providing a definitive conclusion to the debate. He delineates clearly the errors in reasoning of those who trace the Tuscan pronunciation to an Etruscan influence, and presents his conclusions objectively. This study will interest Romance linguists, especially historians of the Italian language; but it will also interest historical linguists in general, for by disproving one of the most plausible and best-documented cases ot alleged substratum influence, it casts doubt on many other cases where suchinfluence has been claimed with little evidence." (from the dj). Contents: Introduction; Sources of Information about the Gorgia and Attempts to Expl ain its Origin; The Gorgia Toscana Today; On the Attribution of the Gorgia Toscana to Etruscan Substratum Influence; Definitions; The Hypotheses of Etruscan Origin of the Gorgia; Rejection of the H-Hypothesis; Examination of the Aspirate-Hypothesis; Conclusions. With notes, bibliography and index. Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 22.50

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