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Short description Living Memory investigates the complex question of language and its place at the heart of Bergamasco culture in northern Italy. As in other multilingual nation-states in Europe and elsewhere, linguistic revival and survival represent the promise of local solidarity, but also a threat to larger social and political relationships and unification. Jillian Cavanaugh offers an in depth look at this mixed or bivalent language use in Italy today. She describes how emotional and complex debates in Bergamo highlight the meaning and use of the Italian language and of Bergamasco, the local vernacular that is valued for its links to a particular local past.
From the contents Series Editor's Preface vi
Constructing Transcripts: Orthographic Conventions and Transcription Processes xiii
1. Introduction 1
2. Bergamasco in Use: The Feel of Everyday Speaking 27