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Books: Romance Linguistics

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  1. LINCOM EUROPA, Romance Linguistics: Faetar, N. Nagy

Message 1: Romance Linguistics: Faetar, N. Nagy

Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000 09:45:15 +0200
Subject: Romance Linguistics: Faetar, N. Nagy

University of New Hampshire 

Faetar is a Francoproven�al dialect spoken in two villages in Apulia
(Faeto and Celle di San Vito), in southern Italy. Faetar came to be
spoken in these villages due to a migration from southeastern France
(d�partement of Ain) around the 14th century. An unwritten language,
it has incorporated aspects of Apulian Italian dialects during its 600
years of contact. It is a doubly endangered language: Francoproven�al
has been virtually exterminated in France by agressive language
planning; and it is spoken by fewer than 800 people in Apulia due to a
mass exodus from rural areas. It survives in emigrant pockets in
Italy, Switzerland, the U.S.A., and Canada.

Faetar phonology resembles that of neighboring dialects, but is
distinguished by the phonemic presence of schwa and a process of
variable deletion of post-tonic segments and syllables. It differs
from Francoproven�al in having phonemic geminates word-medially and
phonetic geminates at word boundaries. The morphology is similar to
southern French dialects, with post-verbal negation, little agreement
marking, and obligatory subject pronouns. It is distinct in that
double subject pronouns are frequently present and reduplication is
used for emphasis. Like both French and Italian, Faetar is SVO and

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