Edited by Mirko Grimaldi, Rosangela Lai, Ludovico Franco and Benedetta Baldi
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 252] 2018
► pp. 323–336
Chapter 22. Diachronic and synchronic lexical interactions in the Italo-Balkan linguistic space
From Latin lucanĭca to Italo-Albanian lëkëngë
This contribution presents a case study in the intricate diachronic and synchronic interrelations between languages in the Italian and Balkan linguistic spaces. Words related to Latin lucanica (‘type of sausage’) are investigated and hypotheses on their pattern of diffusion are surveyed and discussed. Among other points, the contribution touches on the etymology of lucanica itself, the intermediation role of Byzantine Greek, the multiple outcomes of the word in the Romanian group, its present-day distribution in Italo-Romance and Arbëresh dialects.