Vol. 5 (2019)

The Italian-English “Cocktail” on Italian Social Networks

Vera Gheno
Laboratorio editoriale OA / Dip. LILSI
Published August 29, 2019
  • Anglicisms,
  • Computer-Mediated Communication,
  • Social Networking
How to Cite
Gheno, V. (2019). The Italian-English “Cocktail” on Italian Social Networks. Quaderni Di Linguistica E Studi Orientali, 5, 459-475. https://doi.org/10.13128/QULSO-2421-7220-25977


The article deals with anglicisms (integral or partially adapted) in the language of social network users in Italy. Such anglicisms are divided into computer technicalities, pseudotechnicisms linked to the various social networking platforms, luxury loans and terms that lie somewhere between technicality and jargon; the motivation to their use goes from a real necessity to the reinforcement of a sense of belonging to a community, when not simply to give greater expressivity to the text. Some examples taken from social networks of the ongoing debate on anglicisms are analyzed and, in conclusion, the topic of the general distrust of Italians for anglicisms is discussed.


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