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

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

Author(s): Jillian R. Cavanaugh

Published Online: 1 APR 2009

Print ISBN: 9781405168823

Online ISBN: 9781444308273

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308273

Series Editor(s): James M. Wilce

About this Book

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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