VITAMIN PILLS OF BASIC GRAMMAR

VITAMIN PILLS OF BASIC GRAMMAR for the Italian Law Students

English Version by Dr. Salvatore Ivan Italiano.
[ … la grammatica ai futuri giuristi. Di Paolo Di Stefano. Corriere della Sera. 2 giugno 2015.]

How could a lawyer defend the position of any given client if reasoning and ideas are not conveyed properly before the Judges?

It took an Italian Law University Department to trigger the alarm: The Italian Newly-Graduated Legal Experts – some of them will be lawyers – need further schooling in Italian Grammar and Syntax.

Eleonora Sirsi – a Law Professor in Pisa (Italy) – tired of reading Her student’s theses full of grammatical errors, and Francesco Sabatini – a linguist and former president of LA CRUSCA – the Italian Academy for the protection of the Italian Language – have said: Enough! We are not talking about conceptual mistakes, but instead of basic grammar and syntax errors such as punctuation, spelling, and ‘word government’ – a technical linguistics term that refers to the relationship between a given word and its dependents – not to mention the disaster emerging in public competitions for assigning state jobs.

We are not talking about conceptual mistakes, but instead of basic grammar and syntax errors such as punctuation, spelling, and ‘word government’ – a technical linguistics term that refers to the relationship between a given word and its dependents – not to mention the disaster emerging in public competitions for assigning state jobs.

It is important that necessary measures be put forward by the Legal Entourage of Experts, for the legal persona is a question of professionalism. The correct use of the language, thus its grammar and syntax, is not about snobbery. For legal professionals above all, the knowledge of grammar rules needs to be equal to the knowledge of the civil and criminal codes.

Given the seriousness of the situation, a specific remedy has been formulated – that is, to get back to the foundations of grammar. During the next academic year, Law Students will have to take both a grammar and a sentence writing basic course. Yes! It will not be about writing style nor rhetoric, but basic grammar. It is the very basic grammar that is supposed to have learned during the previous university years but instead has been put aside and neglected because of some reputed more urgent priorities.

If the situation were not so serious, one could almost laugh off the paradox: everyone bragging about both the need of learning English and honing their High-Tech Skills … but the real emergency is THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE.

Dr. Salvatore Ivan Italiano
Dr. Salvatore Ivan Italiano

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