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更新时间:2012/11/25 10:34:13 来源:本站原创 作者:佚名

一位意大利著名作家警告说意大利语正在受到英语语言的破坏,这是由于现如今越来越多的意大利人在日常用语中夹杂众多英语单词。犯罪小说作家安德烈亚•卡米雷利说此举是意大利正在遭受“毁灭性殖民化”的象征,意大利总理马里奥•蒙蒂应首先受到批评。

Andrea Camilleri is a literary celebrity in Italy. And he's best known abroad for his novels featuring his brilliant fictional creation, the Sicilian detective, Inspector Montalbano.

But the author is worried about the health of the language in which he works. Speaking earlier this week he took issue with the country's politicians for peppering their speeches with English words and phrases. Terms like ‘welfare’, ‘governance’, ‘devolution’, and even ‘election day’.

The author said that Prime Minister, Mario Monti, was a leading offender. And it's true that Mr Monti does indeed frequently reach for English terminology. Here's an example from his first speech to Parliament. Listen to how he just drops in the English phrase ‘best practices’:

Clip of Mario Monti speaking Italian

And in the very next breath, he's at it again, sliding in that grim English term ‘spending review’:

Clip of Mario Monti speaking Italian

Mr Camilleri said Mr Monti's habit was just part of what he called an "awful tradition" in Italian public life. Not enough, he said, was being done to take care of the national language.

And he gave a classic example. He said that when he served on a jury for a prize given by the Italian state broadcaster at the Venice Film Festival, he was dismayed to find that the official language of the judging would be English.

Quiz 听力测验

What is the profession of the fictional character in Andrea Camilleri’s stories?
Police detective.

If you break the law, then you could be labelled as a ________.
criminal

True or False: The Italian Prime Minister uses English words or phrases in his speech.
True.

What was the official language of judging at Venice Film Festival?
English

Glossary 词汇表

literary celebrity 文学界名人文学界名人
took issue with 持强烈反对意见
peppering 使…布满
welfare 福利
governance 治理
devolution 权力下放
reach for 使用
terminology 术语
drops in 随意使用
best practices 最好方式、方法
at it 做事情
grim 严峻的,让人沮丧的
dismayed 失望沮丧的

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