Italian historical dictionaries: from the accademia della crusca to the web. Beltrami, P. G & Fornara, S. International Journal of Lexicography, 2004.
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A brief review of the Italian lexicographical tradition, from the first printed works centred on the language of a few representative authors, through the canon of authors cited in the various editions of the Dictionary of the Accademia della Crusca and others that follow suit, ending with the two major works of the 1800s and the 1900s (Tommaseo-Bellini and the Grande dizionario della lingua italiana – GDLI or ‘Battaglia’), brings to light the central role of quotation from authors. The cult of written authority drawn from literature is an essential factor to be taken into account in the study of the history of lexicography in Italy. The final part of this article examines the Tesoro della Lingua Italiana delle Origini (TLIO), the natural evolution of historical lexicography in the days of Internet, an exclusively electronic dictionary poised between language dictionary and corpus-based dictionary.

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