Asked • 10/03/19

Why is the Tuscan dialect still the language of Italy?

Old school books and theories teach us that the standard Italian (meaning the pronunciation of opened or closed vowels) is the one spoken in Tuscany.

Is it true anymore?

During my exams to study linguistics at university, the professor would write a work on the blackboard and us students would have to write down using pronunciation symbols. Italians from the north of Italy or the south of Italy would be wrong in phonetically translate the biggest part of the words.

But what is a standard accent? Does it exist? Aren't all the accents important and spoken enough to be considered part of a whole standard Italian?

Are the Italian spoken by theater actors the standard Italian?

What is a STANDARD exactly for a language?

Shouldn't a language be considered so since spoken by a group of people?

If so, what are the variations and what is the standard?

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Jeffrey W. answered • 10/03/19

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Giada T. answered • 10/09/20

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Maritza D. answered • 03/22/20

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Luisa M. answered • 01/18/20

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