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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Definitions for macaronic

  1. Composed of a mixture of languages.
  2. Composed of or characterized by Latin words mixed with vernacular words or non-Latin words given Latin endings.
  3. Mixed; jumbled.

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Citations for macaronic
The tradition is even more significant in Folengo's Italian works and especially in his macaronic writings. Mikhail Bakhtin, Rabelais and His World
The macaronic mode swivels between different languages. I believe Beckett chose French against English for similar reasons to those of Jean Arp in selecting French against German. W. D. Redfern, French Laughter: Literary Humour from Diderot to Tournier
Origin of macaronic
dialectal Italian
Macaronic is related to the word macaroni. Specifically, the pasta is named after the Southern Italian dialect maccarone, which was also associated with a mixture of Latin and vernacular languages.
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