Illustrious vulgar – reasoning about language

Luca Serianni, Giuseppe Antonelli, Alessandro Bergonzoni, Michele Cortelazzo, Oberdan Forlenza, Gianluca Lauta, Lorenzo Ottolenghi, Cecilia Robustelli, Pietro Trifone are among the main characters in Vulgare Illustre – Rəgionamenti sulla Linguatwo days of study that will take place it 14 and 15 May 2022 in Teatro Due in Parma and which will be broadcast live on this page.

This two-day focus is presented as a small festival open to the public, with lectures, talks, shows, exhibitions, projections that see the light of day at the end of an ambitious national training project that for four months, from January to April 2022, involved over 600 students and teachers from 24 high schools from all over Italy, led by some of the leading experts and intellectuals in the linguistic field.

Scientific contact for the project is Luca Serianniemeritus professor of history of the Italian language at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, national partner of the Accademia dei Lincei, della Crusca, Arcadia and the Academy of Sciences in Turin, while the design and organization are from Teatro Due Foundation in Parmain cooperation with Gian Domenico Romagnosi Classical and linguistic high school in Parma and with National network of classical high schools.

The topic of this active study is a study of the state of the language, 160 years after the unification of Italy, fell along four specific themes, addressed by as many experts in online work sessions for students and teachers.: Language and Dialect, edited by Luca Serianni; Language and politics of Michele Cortelazzo, Professor of Linguistics and Director of the Galilean School of Higher Studies at the University of Padua, Full Academic of the Crusca; Language and technology, edited by Gianluca Lauta, Professor of History of the Italian Language at the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio; Language and gender, edited by Cecilia RobustelliProfessor of Italian Linguistics at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Vice President of EFNIL: European Federation of National Institutions for Language.

Each study session was followed by a moment of debate and discussion and the handing over to the participants of a practical exercise to be performed in the following month, with the aim of examining the issues addressed. The results were uploaded to the dedicated online platform and shared with the project participants (available on the website

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As a cultural institution, Teatro Due Foundation considered it necessary to embed educational projects that would make it necessary for students to take a critical position and take responsibility for their reflections, their questions and their suggestions, accompanied by their teachers, in a cultural operation that could embrace the whole of Italy after two years of coercive separations that have hindered (if not hindered) the school as much as the theater. The study days, which will be attended by a representative of each high school involved, will be the highlight of this trip.

Language is the Theater Artists’ primary tool, the mother cell of the actor’s stage life. It is therefore inevitable that to start this program is a reasoning about Language and Theater of Prof. Pietro Trifone, Professor of Italian Linguistics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. The theme will be enriched by the actor’s participation Alessandro Bergonzonitightrope walker of the word, master of hyperbolic and dizzying thinking, translated into very successful shows, such as Trascendi e sali, which the artist will stage for the audience.
That Prof. Luca Serianni will lead a conversation to discover the relationship between the Italian language and the dialects of the peninsula, from the inadequacy of the latter, found by Dante with regard to his concept of “famously vulgar”, to the perception that high school students may have today.
The relationship between language and politics, of burning topicality, will be the subject of conversation about Prof. Michele Cortelazzo and Oberdan ForlenzaMinister of State, magistrate and chairman of the Teatro Due Foundation, a dialogue about the linguistic changes of politicians and the role of the word as a weapon of ideological confirmation.
The purist defense of language may not always be dictated by the laudable desire to safeguard a cultural heritage, but along the peak of the crisis of national identities, it may border on xenophobia and fundamentalism; and so, how much does a language contribute to building the nation’s identity heritage? The contribution from Prof. Giuseppe Antonelli, Full professor at the Department of Humanities at the University of Pavia.
The prevalence of social media and the problems that have arisen with less formalized communication, but more complicated both at the grammatical and social level, will be revealed in a dialogue between Prof. Gianluca Lauta And Lorenzo Ottolenghi, Deputy Director of Rai Culture and Education, on Language and Technology.
The conversation with Prof. Cecilia Robustellialong the perimeter track of the Recommendations for a non-sexist use of the Italian language from the 80s of the twentieth century to the calls in the linguistic field, inviting to experimentation and inclusiveness.

The entire program will be available on the website Teatro Due Foundation (

Media partner for the Study Days is Rai Cultura.

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