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Living Memory: The Social Aesthetics of Language in a Northern Italian Town Hardcover

ISBN-13: 978-1405168823 ISBN-10: 140516882X Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (March 9, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140516882X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405168823
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,360,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Living Memory is a very solid piece of academic work on language maintenance, shift, linguistic ideologies and cultural dynamics in an Italian region and town. It makes a significant contribution to linguistic anthropology." -Lukas D Tsitsipis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki "An engaging study of the kinds of tensions and paradoxes that make so many minority language situations such nail biters: will conscious effort to revalorize a flagging vernacular strengthen it or kill it? Does highlighting the language's cultural heritage revitalize it or turn it into an attractive but irrelevant museum piece? 'Living Memory' beautifully documents the complex and delicate situation of a stubborn Italian dialect. In doing so, it helps us understand the role language plays in contemporary debates about identity, belonging, citizenship and rapid social change." -Don Kulick, University of Chicago

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"An engaging study of the kinds of tensions and paradoxes that make so many minority language situations such nail biters: will conscious effort to revalorize a flagging vernacular strengthen it or kill it? Does highlighting the language’s cultural heritage revitalize it or turn it into an attractive but irrelevant museum piece? ‘Living Memory’ beautifully documents the complex and delicate situation of a stubborn Italian dialect. In doing so, it helps us understand the role language plays in contemporary debates about identity, belonging, citizenship and rapid social change."
–Don Kulick, author of Language Shift and Cultural Reproduction

"Living Memory is a very solid piece of academic work on language maintenance, shift, linguistic ideologies and cultural dynamics in an Italian region and town. It makes a significant contribution to linguistic anthropology."
–Lukas D Tsitsipis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

"With empathetic eye and ear, Cavanaugh places Bergamo's committed "locophonophiles," lovers of speaking -- as well as eating -- locally, in the relevant contexts of the wider cultural politics of European and Italian regionalism at the turn-of-the-21st-century."
–Michael Silverstein, University of Chicago


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tiger Burning Bright on May 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Jillian Cavanaugh's book allows the reader to explore how language can reveal the social aesthetics of a place. It happens to be a beatiful and interesting place, worthy of the exploration. For some one with limited knowledge of linguistics, it affords an opportunity to learn the basics in a charming narrative, which makes you feel the place and understand how language can be used an analytical tool.
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