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  • Jul 31, 2011
  • 08:26 PM

Castagna's idiosyncratic Maltese of 150 years ago

Giovanni Bonello / Times of Malta
How far has Maltese changed in 150 years? No present-day reader will find insurmountable difficulties following Pietru Pawl Castagna’s Malta bil Gzejer tahha u li ghadda min ghaliha. Of course, the orthography looks archaic, there was then no accepted or imposed official alphabet, and everyone felt free to pick, choose or improvise when it came to writing Maltese.

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