Chapter 6. Bergamo, Italy, Europe: Speaking Contextualized

  1. Jillian R. Cavanaugh

Published Online: 1 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444308273.ch6

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

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

How to Cite

Cavanaugh, J. R. (2009) Bergamo, Italy, Europe: Speaking Contextualized, in Living Memory: The Social Aesthetics of Language in a Northern Italian Town, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444308273.ch6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 FEB 2009

Book Series:

Book Series Editors:

  1. James M. Wilce PhD

Series Editor Information

  1. Northern Arizona University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405168823

Online ISBN: 9781444308273

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Keywords:

  • Bergamo, Italy, Europe speaking contextualized - politicization of language, language emerging as political issue;
  • values and patterns of use of Italian and vernaculars - differences aligned with particular social divisions;
  • language politics - fascism and integralism;
  • sociolinguistic and cultural landscape of Bergamo - existence of Ducato di Piazza Pontida;
  • Ducato - strictly apolitical organization - “cultural champion” of all things Bergamasco;
  • the Ducato today - fascism creating sociopolitical context in where Ducato had its beginnings;
  • integralist politics - value of the local;
  • Bergamasco-speaking immigrant - symbolic link between community and rest of western Europe;
  • Bergamaschi and the worry over rushing to modernity and prosperity

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Language Politics: Fascism and Integralism

  • Cultural Champions

  • The Ducato Today

  • Integralist Politics: The Value of the Local

  • Immigrants in Bergamo

  • European Belonging Against the Other

  • Conclusion