Tornatore, Matthew G. C.
About the author: Matthew Tornatore received his PhD from the State University of New York ā Albany. He is currently professor of foreign language and linguistics at Truman State University.2002 0-7734-6921-4
This interdisciplinary study examines the presence of Spanish words in Sicilian/Italian. It sheds light on the Sicilian, Italian, Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese languages (and others to a lesser degree like Arabic, French and English) but also includes historical profiling of the Kingdoms of Aragon, Leon, Castile, Sicily, Naples, Sardinia and Portugal as well as an overview of the Middle Ages, the Italian Renaissance, the Spanish Golden Age and the Baroque Era. It also examines the political policies of the Catalan Dynasty, the Spanish Empire, the Hapsburgs, the Royal Court of Palermo, the Court of Messina, and the Ottoman Empire. As for Sicily itself, not only has its vocabulary been combed to compile an impressive list of words of Hispanic provenance, but the book also looks at the Sicilian economy, government and social institutions between the 13th and 17th centuries.