While many scholars as well as readers of Camilleri's work agree that the Sicilian author's multifaceted and at times complex language is at least partially responsible for his enormous success, Cinzia Russo's 2021 book is the first comprehensive linguistic study of his work that has been published in English. Moreover, as Russo explains in her introduction, linguistic studies to date have mainly concentrated on the qualitative analysis of the lexical components of Camilleri's Sicilian and are also mainly limited to his earlier production (xiv−xv). She here tries to bridge this scholarly gap, examining novels from the author's entire production span. Her three stated research aims are to investigate whether the usage of dialect differs between the historical novels and the Montalbano novels, to measure whether the occurrence of Sicilian has increased over time in Camilleri's works, and to investigate whether and how the occurrences of dialect can be ascribed functional...

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