The 6th International Conference of the International Society for Italian Linguistics and Philology (SILFI), which was celebrated from June 28th to July 2nd 2000 at the Gerhard-Mercator-Universität Duisburg (Germany), had the aim to bring together the wealth of knowledge gained by using traditional resources and methodolgy with projects which either try to exploit the possibilities offered by the electronic media for research and teaching or try to find new ways of integrating scientific studies with society.
According to the tradition of SILFI the topic of one of the sessions of the conference is established at the preceding conference. The topic chosen in Catania in 1998 was «L'italiano parlato / Spoken Italian». This topic seemed to be an excellent starting point for such an endeavour.
The opening of SILFI 2000 and the keynote as well as all the plenary sessions of the conference were recorded and were made available to the conference organiser as videos. As the organiser could not find ways of making these videos available to the (scientific) community they were stored away in a box.
These videos have now been digitised (November 2018) and can thus be handed over to the scientific and wider community.