PARADISO, Rosa Anna (2023) «Chi potrebbe esplicar con parole»: il lessico dei disastri nelle relazioni di età moderna tra scarti e continuità. [Pubblicazione in rivista scientifica]

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Item Type: Pubblicazione in rivista scientifica
Lingua: Italiano
Title: «Chi potrebbe esplicar con parole»: il lessico dei disastri nelle relazioni di età moderna tra scarti e continuità
Date: March 2023
Institution: Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Department: Studi Umanistici
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Journal or Publication Title: Laboratoire Italien
Nazione dell'editore: Francia
Place of Publication: Lyon
Publisher: ENS Éditions
Date: March 2023
ISSN: 2117-4970
Number: 29
Uncontrolled Keywords: disastri naturali, relazioni, età moderna, lessico, stile, stampa popolare o di larga circolazione
Settori scientifico-disciplinari del MIUR: Area 10 - Scienze dell'antichità, filologico-letterarie e storico-artistiche > L-FIL-LET/12 - Linguistica italiana
Access rights: Open access
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2023 09:24
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2023 09:24


In this contribution we try to bring together two lines of investigation that have recently concerned historical-linguistic research on disaster reports in Italy, that is, the study of the lexicon of natural disasters and the study of the language of the news press. With an analysis conducted on a corpus of seventy-five relazioni on disasters that occurred in southern Italy, published between 1538 and 1707, we particularly examine some linguistically and stylistically innovative features of reports on disasters in the early modern period. Ultimately, these elements are linked to the impossibility of describing, with traditional words and styles, an event that requires, at this chronological stage, the use of new terms and analogies: hence the use of dialect and the use of modern descriptive topoi such as those of war and spectacle. At the same time, we observe how a new discursive tradition is being created in the early modern period, exemplified on the one hand by the continuity in the use of syntagms that cannot be seen in the repertoires and the aforementioned descriptive strategies, and on the other by the affirmation of a sensationalist approach to information about the disaster. This direction –which has points in common with contemporary news– seems in turn to go hand in hand with the progressive definition, at least in the printer’s intentions, of the editorial product.


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