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Studia Romanica et Anglica Zagrabiensia : Revue publiée par les Sections romane, italienne et anglaise de la Faculté des Lettres de l’Université de Zagreb, Vol.53 No.- May 2009. -

The Paduan scientist Alberto Fortis, who gained renown throughout Europe for his discovery

of the Morlachs and the publishing of «Hasanaginica» in his most famous work,

«Viaggio in Dalmazia», began his career as a travel writer with a report on a scientifi c

journey on the islands of Cres and Osor, «Saggio d’Osservazioni sopra l’Isola di Cherso

ed Osero», published in 1771. Fortis was primarily interested in geological phenomena,

with which he wanted to refresh certain scientific theories. But he also recorded his observations

about the island’s economy and the way of life and customs of its inhabitants.

In Italy during the second half of the eighteenth century there was much lively debate

about the language of scientific texts. Traditional complex and periphrastic forms of

literary origin were used in opposition to the economy and directness of French prose.

In this article, selected examples from Fortis’s travelogue are investigated to determine

to what degree that champion of «modernity» and rerformist on the intellectual and

social level, by the linguistic structure of its text, realized the corresponding innovative

principles, and how much he remained indebted to his own traditionally imposed

education and the environment in which he spent his early years.

Alberto Fortis; travel literature; Cres and Osor; geology; verbs of perception; scientific vocabulary; syntactic structure



Author: Smiljka Malinar - ; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

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