Quotation Matrisciano, Sara, di Salvo, Margherita. 2018. "Il dialetto di Campobasso è su per giù come il napoletano": Neapolitan as Linguistic Identity Marker in the Construction of the Transnational Identity of Southern Italian Immigrants in the UK. Diaspore Italiane: Transnationalism and Questions of Identity, New York, Vereinigte Staaten/USA, 01.11.-03.11.


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In the context of transnational migration, migrants often (re-)construct their identities through a process of cultural hybridization, which involves linguistic references. In our talk, we will present the analysis of one hundred sociolinguistic interviews with first- and second-generation Italian immigrants from all Southern Italian regions who live in the U.K. Our data show that, in the transnational context, the migrants have adapted to their local identity at a macro-regional level and use Neapolitan, the local language of Naples, for cultural and (partial) linguistic identification. An imagined closeness to the napoletanità, therefore, becomes a symbol of southern Italian italianità.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title "Il dialetto di Campobasso è su per giù come il napoletano": Neapolitan as Linguistic Identity Marker in the Construction of the Transnational Identity of Southern Italian Immigrants in the UK
Event Diaspore Italiane: Transnationalism and Questions of Identity
Year 2018
Date 01.11.-03.11.
Country United States/USA
Location New York
URL https://www.diasporeitaliane.com/new-york-november-2018/draft-program

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Matrisciano, Sara (Details)
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di Salvo, Margherita (Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy)
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Institute for Romance Languages IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
6612 Dialectology (Details)
6615 Romance studies (Details)
6623 Sociolinguistics (Details)
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