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Living Memory: The Social Aesthetics of Language in a Northern Italian Town

ISBN: 978-1-118-47988-9
224 pages
June 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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Living Memory investigates the complex question of language and its place at the heart of Bergamasco culture in northern Italy.

• Integrates extensive participant observation with sociolinguistic data collection
• Reveals the political and social dynamics of a national language (Italian) and a local dialect (Bergamasco) struggling for survival
• Introduces the original concept of the “social aesthetics of language”: the interweaving of culturally-shaped and emotionally felt dimensions of language-choice
• Written to be accessible to students and specialists alike
• Part of the Blackwell Studies in Discourse and Culture Series

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Series Editor’s Preface vi

Preface viii

Constructing Transcripts: Orthographic Conventions and Transcription Processes xiii

1. Introduction 1

2. Bergamasco in Use: The Feel of Everyday Speaking 27

3. Gendering Language 64

4. Bergamasco on Stage: Poetry and Theater 83

5. Modern Campanilismo: The Value of Place 120

6. Bergamo, Italy, Europe: Speaking Contextualized 156

7. Conclusion 189

Notes 206

References 216

 

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Jillian R. Cavanaugh is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Brooklyn College CUNY. She has published in a range of journals, including Language and Communication, Ethnos, and the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology.
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• Integrates extensive participant observation with sociolinguistic data collection
• Reveals the political and social dynamics of a national language (Italian) and a local dialect (Bergamasco) struggling for survival
• Introduces the original concept of the “social aesthetics of language”: the interweaving of culturally-shaped and emotionally felt dimensions of language-choice
• Written to be accessible to students and specialists alike
See More
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