Francesca Fusco on the dictionary of administrative legal language by G. Rezasco

14 December 2023

On Monday 18 December 2023, at 4:30 pm, at the Private Law Department of the University of Padua (Palazzo Bo, Aula Ederle), Francesca Fusco, jurist, linguist and member of MICOLL’s team, will present her book dedicated to the standardisation of administrative legal language at the time of the unification of Italy in the framework of Prof. Stefania Gialdroni’s history of law course. Prof. Federigo Bambi (Florence), historian of law and academician of the Crusca, will serve as discussant.

It will be possible to join on Zoom using this link:

ID riunione: 819 7379 5608
Codice d’accesso: 197867

About the Book:

Francesca Fusco, Il Dizionario del linguaggio italiano storico ed amministrativo di Giulio Rezasco, Firenze: Accademia della Crusca, 2023.

The “Dizionario del linguaggio italiano storico ed amministrativo” (Florence, 1881) by Giulio Rezasco (La Spezia, 1813 – Bogliasco, 1894) remains to this day the only existing dictionary of Italian legal-administrative language, a point of reference for historical studies on the lexicon of law.
In this volume, after a presentation of the author and a reconstruction of the genesis of the work, the dictionary is analysed from a linguistic and lexicographical point of view, starting with the structure of the entries and ending with the sources used by Rezasco. Finally, in order to contextualise the Dictionary in the copious contemporary lexicographic production on the language of the law, the presence, in the book, of the new 19th-century legal-bureaucratic terminology is examined, with attention to neologisms, neoformations and semantic changes.