La scoperta dell’alfabeto
Luigi Malerba (pseudonym of Luigi Bonardi) died on 8 May 2008.
The illiteracy rate in Italy is 12%. In the classification of the 30 best educated countries, it comes third last. Functional illiteracy – i.e. the condition where someone can read and write a word but doesn’t know what it means in a broader context – is as high as 37%. One in two Italians doesn’t know more than a thousand words. The Italian language has at least 160,000 words which are commonly used. Of these, 7,000 are used on a daily basis.