Writing with Sapienza, our University's new writing handbook
Sapienza has a new handbook dedicated to the rules of communicative and administrative writing in Italian. The document entitled Scrivere con Sapienza - Manuale per testi chiari, corretti ed efficaci (Writing with Sapienza - A manual for clear, correct and effective texts), approved by the Academic Senate on January 19, 2021, was drafted with the authoritative contribution of Valeria Della Valle and Luca Serianni, distinguished linguists and former professors at Sapienza, who have entirely revised it and signed the introduction.
The handbook is based on a general reflection about the simplification of Italian administrative language that has been going on since the 1990s. The various chapters deal with the theme of simplification, the question of feminine and masculine grammatical gender, which has a cultural and social impact as well as a linguistic one, the use of capital letters, how to quote regulatory acts correctly; moreover a glossary of the terms most frequently used in university communication illustrates correct uses and exceptions.
Scrivere con Sapienza - Manuale per testi chiari, corretti ed efficaci is intended to be a useful tool for all the university operators who write administrative and communicative texts in Italian for an internal audience and a guide to adapt the language to the inclusive culture towards differences and transparency of the Sapienza university community.