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Title: Language Alternation Strategies in Multilingual Settings
Subtitle: A Case Study: Ghanaian Immigrants in Northern Italy
Written By: Federica Guerini
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=E&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=10988
Series Title: European University Studies: Series 21, Linguistics. Vol. 289
Description:

This book is one of the first systematic studies to describe the linguistic
repertoire and the communicative strategies adopted by Ghanaian
immigrants in Italy.

The linguistic repertoire of the Ghanaian community in Bergamo (Northern
Italy) is described with a special focus on the different codes composing it.
The author analyzes the role that each code plays in expressing the
community members' ethnic and linguistic identity, and the speakers'
attitudes towards each code. She draws on the results of qualitative
analysis - adopting both a macro-sociolinguistic and a micro-sociolinguistic
perspective - of a database of face-to-face interactions and of formal
interviews involving a selected group of Ghanaian immigrants.

Contents:
The Ghanaian Community in Bergamo and its Province: a Socio-
Demographic and Sociolinguistic Overview
- Language Alternation Strategies in a Conversational Framework
- Conversational Analysis of Code-Switching Occurrences
- Conversational Analysis of Transfer Occurrences.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Sociolinguistics
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 303910988X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 286
Prices: U.K. £ 34.70
U.S. $ 59.95
Europe EURO 49.60