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Wednesday, 20 September, 2000, 04:59 GMT 05:59 UK
Italians try to protect their language

Deputies of the Italian parliament are meeting later today to discuss concerns about the growing number of English words that are inflitrating the Italian language.

They will discuss why Italian translations have not been found for more than four-thousand foreign words and phrases which have found their way in the latest edition of an authoritative dictionary of the Italian language -- Devoto-Oli.

Critics accuse politicians of exacerbating the problem: at its last convention, the ruling Democratic Left Party adopted the English phrase 'We Care' -- instead of the Italian equivalent 'Ci preoccupiamo'.

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