Italian and Italians in St. Louis: a sociolinguistics analysis
|Directeur /trice||Bruno Moretti, Istituto di Lingua e Letteratura italiana, University of Bern|
|Co-directeur(s) /trice(s)||Hermann Haller, CUNY https://www.gc.cuny.edu/Page-Elements/Academics-Research-Centers-Initiatives/Doctoral-Programs/Comparative-Literature/Faculty-Bios/Hermann-Haller|
|Résumé de la thèse||
The linguistics situation of Italian Americans whose ancestors originated in northern Italy
has not been studied in much depth, probably because immigration from those regions was
numerically much inferior compared to that from the south. However, in St. Louis and the
nearby towns in Illinois there is a strong presence of Italian Americans whose roots come
from the Mandamento of Cuggiono (province of Milan). Between 1880 and 1920 the
emigration phenomenon from this area was particularly intense, as described in Mormino
2002, so that in 2003 the city of St. Louis proclaimed the 19th of July “Cuggiono day”.
The aim of my investigation would be to study the status of the Italian language among
Americans of Italian descent in St. Louis and the surrounding area. What is their knowledge
of the Italian language? What attitude do they have towards it and towards the dialect? Is
Italian an ethnicity marker? When did the language shift happen?
To solve these questions I would create a sociolinguistics questionnaire and interview a
group of approximately 50 people in St. Louis and in the nearby towns, recruiting them
with the help of local Italians associations and clubs. Ideally, I would need to meet the
participants in person to record their spoken Italian in order to be able to analyze it.
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