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

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

Jillian R. Cavanaugh

ISBN: 978-1-118-47988-9

Jun 2012, Wiley-Blackwell

224 pages

$35.99

Description

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

Series Editor’s Preface.

Preface.

Constructing Transcripts: Orthographic Conventions and Transcription Processes.

1. Introduction.

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

3. Gendering Language.

4. Bergamasco on Stage: Poetry and Theater.

5. Modern Campanilismo: The Value of Place.

6. Bergamo, Italy, Europe: Speaking Contextualized.

7. Conclusion.

Notes.

References.

Index.

• 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