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EVENT CANCELLED La più bella del mondo – The most beautiful in the world #3



EVENT CANCELLED La più bella del mondo – The most beautiful in the world #3

We are sorry to announce that the event has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

We are working to reschedule the talk in the next few weeks. We apologize for any inconvenience.

12 talks on the Italian language

“The most beautiful in the world” is supposed to be a supermodel and yet in Italy the expression is more often than not used to define Italian language. Is Italian truly the most beautiful language in the world? It is commonplace, due to either italophilia or nationalism, but is it only this?

A series led by Dr Stefano Jossa, author of La più bella del mondo. Perché amare la lingua italiana (Einaudi) and Reader in Italian at Royal Holloway University of London, will explore the relationships between Italian and other languages, the Italian words that have become key to interpret our contemporary world, the various languages of arts, music, technology, economy and politics.

Event in Italian with simultaneous translation in English


La più bella del mondo – The most beautiful in the world #3

Prove di bellezza: lingua, manoscritti e invenzione – Trials of beauty: language, manuscripts and invention

Dr Stefano Jossa and Prof Matteo Motolese in conversation.

The beauty of a language can be tested where the language blurs the border between speaking and writing: in manuscripts. It is there that the language takes form in order to achieve its “beauty”. Matteo Motolese, an expert in manuscripts and linguistic invention, will introduce us to the secrets of the beauty of the Italian language, telling a few stories of how writing became literary creation.

Matteo Motolese (Rome, 1972) is Full Professor of Linguistica Italiana at the University of Rome - La Sapienza. He heads – with E. Russo – the series Autografi dei letterati italiani, published by Salerno Editrice. Since 2014, he co-ordinates – with G. Antonelli and L. Tomasin - a History of Written Italian (Storia dell'italiano scritto) in several volumes, for Carocci. He is member of the editorial board of Lingua e Stile and Bollettino d'Italianistica. He writes on the cultural weekly supplement of “IlSole24Ore”. His most recent books are Italiano lingua delle arti. Un'avventura europea (1250-1650), Bologna, Il Mulino, 2012, and Scritti a mano. Otto storie di capolavori italiani da Boccaccio a Eco, Milano, Garzanti, 2017.


Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Time: At 7:00 pm

Organized by : ICI London

Entrance : Free


Italian Cultural Institute