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The Tesoro della Lingua Italiana delle Origini (TLIO) is a historical dictionary of early italian, based on all available documentation from the first document that can be...

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THE TEXTUAL CORPUS

The TLIO textual corpus is the largest database available today of the Italian language prior to 1375. Divided into three databases, it currently...

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THE SOFTWARE

GATTO is a lexicographic software designed and developed by Domenico Iorio-Fili at the OVI Insitute of the Italian National Research Council. This software was created as a tool for the development,...

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About Us

The Opera del Vocabolario Italiano (OVI) is the institute of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) responsible for the development of the Historical Dictionary of the Italian language. The OVI Insitute is located in Florence, at the Accademia della Crusca.

The OVI is a founding member of the European Federation of National Language Institutions (EFNIL), of the Center for Historical and Theoretical Linguistics: Italian, European Languages, Oriental Languages (CLIEO), and of the Italian node of the European Research Infrastructure Consortium DARIAH-ERIC (Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities) – DARIAH-IT.

At present, the OVI’s activities are centered on the development and online publication of the Tesoro della Lingua Italiana delle Origini (TLIO) – the first historical dictionary of early Italian, which is also the first section of the Historical Dictionary of the Italian language – and of the textual corpus of early Italian. It also develops and provides scholars with advanced lexicographic software.

It has collaborative relationships with Italian and foreign universities and colleges, research centers, public and private bodies, and publishing houses for research and training activities on Italian language and texts.

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TLIO AND OVI’S DATABASE AT FLORENCE UN…

18-03-2019 NEWS

TLIO and OVI’s database will be introduced by Rossella Mosti on the 20th of March 2019 at Florence University in the field of History of the Italian language (Master degree course in Modern Philolog[...]

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NEW EDITORIAL COLLABORATIONS FOR OVI

12-03-2019 NEWS

The OVI has entered into an agreement with Edizioni ETS Srl of Pisa, Salerno Editrice Srl of Rome and SISMEL - Edizioni del Galluzzo of Florence for the provision of PDF files of critical editions of [...]

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UPDATE FROM TLIO

07-03-2019 NEWS

With the latest update of March 5, the TLIO reached 36,423 entries.

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AGLIO PROJECT IS ONLINE

07-03-2019 NEWS

The first important results of AGLIO project (Atlante Grammaticale della Lingua Italiana delle Origini), direct by Marcello Barbato (Università di Napoli L’Orientale), to which the OVI provides the[...]

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PRESENTATION OF THE ERC AdG PROJECT «EU…

25-02-2019 NEWS

The ERC Advanced Grant project European Ars Nova. Multilingual Poetry and Polyphonic Song in the Late Middle Ages, coordinated by Maria Sofia Lannutti, in which the OVI is involved as a third party fo[...]

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THE NEW «BOLLETTINO» IS OUT

22-02-2019 NEWS

Volume 23 (2018) of the «Bollettino dell'Opera del Vocabolario Italiano» has been released. In addition to the usual selection of new TLIO entries, this volume includes five editions of texts (two T[...]

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UPDATED VERSIONS OF OVI CORPUS

30-01-2019 NEWS

Updated versions of the OVI Corpus, the TLIO Corpus, and the OVI Corpus of Early Italian have been released: they are aligned with the new structure developed in the CoVo Project (The corpus of the It[...]

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Launch of ND-OVI Videoconference Seminar…

24-01-2019 NEWS

Starting on Wednesday, February 13, the Center for Italian Studies of the University of Notre Dame and the OVI will host a fourth series of seminars entitled Textuality and Lexicography in the Italian[...]

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UPDATE FROM TLIO (AND GREETINGS)

27-12-2018 NEWS

With the latest year-end update, the TLIO reached 36,151 entries; more than 41,000 entries were delivered, 72 percent of the expected wordlist. An happy new year to OVI employees and collaborators an[...]

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The eminent linguist, who died on January 5, presented a paper, titled "The Diachronic Stratification of the Basic Italian Vocabulary," at the conference celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of the OVI, in December 2015. The comparison he drew between the current Italian language and its medieval roots offered the OVI, whose work focuses on the origins of the Italian language, a wider horizon of meaning for understanding the role of that founding season of our current language. As was his usual custom, and with his typical penchant for critical reflection and intellectual curiosity, De Mauro participated in the discussions of the other papers as well. It is also for this reason that we have decided to publish, in the volume of the conference proceedings, his comments and observations. Regarding these, in late December, a few days before his death, he wrote:

Dear Lino,
These strike me as very interesting discussions. The transcripts flow so smoothly that it seems that the recordings of the speeches have arleady been "combed" (as the heads of the Italian Encyclopaedia used to say). I wouldn't add or remove anything, even if at times the tone may seem a bit too casual. However, if you give me a few days, I will go through my own segments, and should be able to return them to you by the beginning of the new year.
Best wishes to you, and for your important work!
Tullio

As we now know, time was not on his side for his final revisions. Yet, what will always remain alive and precious is the memory of De Mauro's dedication to Italian culture and his civic commitment as well as his his interest in the work we do here at the OVI. In his memory, we publish here the video of his speech at the conference a year ago (December 16, 2015).

 

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