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Title: 'The Interplay of Dialect and the Standard in Anonymous Street Dialogues: Patterns of variation in northern Italy'
Author: SilviaDalNegro
Institution: 'University of Piemonte Orientale'
Linguistic Field: 'Discourse Analysis; Sociolinguistics'
Subject Language: 'Italian'
Abstract: In this article we provide a quantitative view on the relationship between standard and dialect in Italy. In Italian sociolinguistics, the concept of dilal├Ča has been used to account for this kind of linguistic repertoire. This notion will be addressed as the main theoretical frame to our investigation on code choice. Italian sociolinguistics and dialectology so far have come to apparently contradictory results about the standard-dialect relationship and the vitality of dialects. On one side, the main post-war trend shows a fall in the number of dialect speakers (especially the young and the less educated); on the other, we are witnessing a change from above in attitudes and beliefs regarding dialects. We carried out an empirical study in the northwest of the country employing the method of rapid and anonymous street interactions. Our focus being on code choice, we wanted to know what factors affect the presence of dialect, making use of multivariate analysis.

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This article appears in Language Variation and Change Vol. 18, Issue 2, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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