Andrea Bocchi

Two dialects within the workshop. The letters of Biagio di Giannello, merchant of Ancona (1406-1408)

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Keywords: merchant correspondence; Renaissance letters; Marche; Ancona; Camerino; Datini

Published here are six letters held in the Datini Archives in Prato and signed by Biagio di Giannello, a merchant from Ancona who held important political positions in his city. Two of the letters are actually written by a different hand, probably that of a collaborator coming from a more internal and southern area of the Marche between Foligno and Camerino. The letters provide insight into the dialects employed and shed light on the linguistic contact within a fondaco of the early fifteenth century and on the documentary practices typical of merchant letters.

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