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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

Edited by Justyna Olko & Julia Sallabank

Revitalizing Endangered Languages "This guidebook provides ideas and strategies, as well as some background, to help with the effective revitalization of endangered languages. It covers a broad scope of themes including effective planning, benefits, wellbeing, economic aspects, attitudes and ideologies."

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Academic Paper

Title: Italian
Author: Luciana D'arcangeli
Institution: University of Strathclyde
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics; Language Documentation; Phonetics
Subject Language: Italian
Abstract: Italian is spoken in Italy, in parts of Switzerland and Croatia, and in diaspora communities across the world. The standard language as spoken in Italy has three main regional varieties: Northern, Central and Southern. But contemporary 'mainstream Italian' - not following the standard in all respects - appears to be a variety under construction by speakers wishing to give themselves a national appeal, a process driven by the media and by workplace mobility. Our speaker is representative of this group. She is a woman in her thirties who was brought up in a middle-class household in Rome, and has travelled extensively in Italy and abroad. She aims at a cultivated accent with no strong regional features, sometimes called a 'RAI' accent (RAI -rai- is the national broadcaster). The style she uses is a somewhat coloured 'storytelling' style.


This article appears IN Journal of the International Phonetic Association Vol. 34, Issue 1.

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