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27 07, 2013

BOLOGNESE – Mariangela Bacchi

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Mariangela Bacchi, the great-niece of the person who translated Dante’s poem into the Bologna dialect (and in tercets), has a degree in languages and descends from several generations of Bologna residents.  She has inherited from her family the passion for the study of dialects: her grandfather, Pietro Mainoldi, a doctor and dialectologist, is the author of the Bologna grammar (1950) and its dictionary (1967); her great-uncle, the goldsmith Giulio Veronese, is indeed the translator of the Divine Comedy (1937). A journalist, she has worked in [...]

26 07, 2013

OCCITAN of SALBERTRAND – Clelia Baccon

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Salbertrand, August 1929 – in the Baccon household Clelia is born to mum, Maria, and dad, Vincenzo Baccon.  It is here that the future teacher grows up together with her sisters, Giuseppina and Luigina.  Notwithstanding the family’s agricultural activity, the young Clelia prefers to study, for which reason she attends classes in vocational agricultural training in Oulx before they are closed down: this is, in fact, a time of war. The need to complete her studies leads her to turn to a correspondence school, the [...]

24 07, 2013

MILANESE – Alma Brioschi

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Alma Brioschi was born in Milan in 1934 in a house in Via Scaldasole in the neighbourhood of the old historic centre of Porta Ticinese where the ruins of the Roman amphitheatre are close by.  An authentic native of Milan, she is completely bilingual in the sense that, apart from Italian, she speaks the traditional dialect of the Lombardy metropolis perfectly and is also an assiduous student of it.  In 1991 she started to attend the language and literature courses run by Claudio Beretta and [...]

23 07, 2013

RUMANIAN – Maria Butan

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Daughter of a music teacher, Maria Butan was born in Caransebeş, a mountain town in Rumania in the Banato region.  Music and poetry cradled her during childhood and her schooldays when she sang in choruses and won a few recitation competitions.  After university in Cluj she returned as a language teacher in Timişoara, the capital of Banato, where she taught French, initially in a lycée and subsequently in the faculty of philology.  During that time she organized French and Rumanian poetry events and literary evenings. [...]