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This chapter provides an overview of the main topics concerning the restandardization process of Italian. We will first discuss some general issues related to the Italian sociolinguistic situation, paying special attention to the status of Italo-Romance dialects and their relationship with Italian, the demotization process entailed by the twentieth century massive spread of the standard language, and the connection between neo-standard Italian and regional standards. The focus will then turn to neo-standard Italian: in particular, we will deal with some morphosyntactic features which were excluded from the standard literary norm (codified and established in the sixteenth century) but have survived over time in non-standard varieties. These features finally penetrated the standard usage, progressively giving rise to what is called neo-standard Italian. After a concise review of previous studies on neo-standard Italian, we will situate this variety within the current debate on the development of “new standards” in various European languages. In this respect, special consideration will be given to the notions of “destandardization”, “informalization” and “dehomogenization”. We conclude by presenting a brief outline of the chapters in this volume.
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demotization, regional standards, Italo-Romance dialects, destandardization, neo-standard Italian, restandardization

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Cerruti, Massimo, Claudia Crocco, and Stefania Marzo. “On the Development of a New Standard Norm in Italian.” Towards a New Standard : Theoretical and Empirical Studies on the Restandardization of Italian. Ed. Massimo Cerruti, Claudia Crocco, & Stefania Marzo. Vol. 6. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 2017. 3–28. Print.
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Cerruti, M., Crocco, C., & Marzo, S. (2017). On the development of a new standard norm in Italian. In M. Cerruti, C. Crocco, & S. Marzo (Eds.), Towards a new standard : theoretical and empirical studies on the restandardization of Italian (Vol. 6, pp. 3–28). Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
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Cerruti, Massimo, Claudia Crocco, and Stefania Marzo. 2017. “On the Development of a New Standard Norm in Italian.” In Towards a New Standard : Theoretical and Empirical Studies on the Restandardization of Italian, ed. Massimo Cerruti, Claudia Crocco, and Stefania Marzo, 6:3–28. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
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Cerruti, Massimo, Claudia Crocco, and Stefania Marzo. 2017. “On the Development of a New Standard Norm in Italian.” In Towards a New Standard : Theoretical and Empirical Studies on the Restandardization of Italian, ed. Massimo Cerruti, Claudia Crocco, and Stefania Marzo, 6:3–28. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
Vancouver
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Cerruti M, Crocco C, Marzo S. On the development of a new standard norm in Italian. In: Cerruti M, Crocco C, Marzo S, editors. Towards a new standard : theoretical and empirical studies on the restandardization of Italian. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter; 2017. p. 3–28.
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M. Cerruti, C. Crocco, and S. Marzo, “On the development of a new standard norm in Italian,” in Towards a new standard : theoretical and empirical studies on the restandardization of Italian, vol. 6, M. Cerruti, C. Crocco, and S. Marzo, Eds. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter, 2017, pp. 3–28.
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