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  • By the way, that's a part of Italy I have never visited.

    November 4, 2009

  • I have actually never heard of such a usage - and neither has my SO, who is Lombard (the only person I can ask to at this time). It's very interesting, though - it may be a regional influence.

    Have a look here...

    November 4, 2009

  • I remember my flatmate saying, "I genitori vivoni nella Basilicata", for example, which is definitely different to "Andiamo in Calabria" ... I did go gome with her to Pollino for Christmas one year, though I didn't go to Calabria the following summer.

    November 4, 2009

  • The page you linked to seems to use "la Basilicata" the same way you would refer to any other Regione, like "il Lazio" or "le Marche".

    Incidentally: the soccer team is "la" Lazio, feminine.

    November 4, 2009

  • Really? See numerous references on this page. I realise the region has the stuffy title of La Regione Basilicata but I've never heard it referred to as anything other than La Basilicata.

    November 3, 2009

  • Actually... we call it Basilicata, may it be an Umbrian way of calling it?

    November 3, 2009

  • La Basilicata.

    November 3, 2009

  • And La Spezia!

    October 29, 2009

  • I could add L'Aquila in Italy to their nascent list of articulated place names.

    October 29, 2009

  • There is a similar thing in Slovene (and other Slavic languages), whereby certain place names take the preposition "na" (lit. "on/at"), while most take the preposition "v" ("in"). The most interesting example, perhaps, is with the city of Vienna, which in Slovene is called Dunaj, a name that comes from the old Slavic name of the Danube River. So one says, e.g. Živijo v Berlinu ("They live in Berlin") but Živijo na Dunaju ("They live in Vienna"). With the latter, the original idea was that one was saying, "They live on the Danube", which obviously meant in the capital of the empire.

    October 29, 2009

  • Interesting article. :-)

    October 29, 2009

  • "Why do we use definite articles for some place names?"

    October 29, 2009