Strategies for conservation of a minority language. Between convergence and hybridization

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The Arbëresh linguistic varieties constitute a rich field of investigation for interesting phenomena of language attrition and contact. Because of the ancient and prolonged situation of bilingualism between Albanian and Italo-Romance varieties an interesting set of phenomena of code-switching, loan, convergence and hybridization has presented itself. This research concerns the Arbëresh linguistic minority of Greci, a small town in the Campanian region of southern Italy. Within Arbëria, the widespread archipelago of Albanian-speaking communities which occupies a vast territory in southern Italy, the preservation of Arbëresh presents very different sociolinguistic situations. Inside Arbëria Greci occupies a geographically isolated position and up to the 1960’s arbëresh was flourishing in the community. Today Greci is transitioning through a difficult period from socioeconomic, cultural, and linguistic points of view. Nevertheless Arbëresh has still a good hold with adults and elderly speakers, although decline was detected among some younger speakers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Intricacy of Languages
Pages227-241
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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NameIVITRA RESEARCH IN LINGUISTICS AND LITERATURE

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Hybridization
Conservation
Minority Languages
Southern Italy
Bilingualism
Language Contact
Code-switching
Language Attrition
Flourishing
Italo-Romance
1960s
Linguistic Varieties
Loans
Linguistic Minorities

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Matranga, V. (2019). Strategies for conservation of a minority language. Between convergence and hybridization. In The Intricacy of Languages (pp. 227-241). (IVITRA RESEARCH IN LINGUISTICS AND LITERATURE).

Strategies for conservation of a minority language. Between convergence and hybridization. / Matranga, Vito.

The Intricacy of Languages. 2019. p. 227-241 (IVITRA RESEARCH IN LINGUISTICS AND LITERATURE).

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Matranga, V 2019, Strategies for conservation of a minority language. Between convergence and hybridization. in The Intricacy of Languages. IVITRA RESEARCH IN LINGUISTICS AND LITERATURE, pp. 227-241.
Matranga V. Strategies for conservation of a minority language. Between convergence and hybridization. In The Intricacy of Languages. 2019. p. 227-241. (IVITRA RESEARCH IN LINGUISTICS AND LITERATURE).
Matranga, Vito. / Strategies for conservation of a minority language. Between convergence and hybridization. The Intricacy of Languages. 2019. pp. 227-241 (IVITRA RESEARCH IN LINGUISTICS AND LITERATURE).
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