Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details
More options …

Multilingua

Journal of Cross-Cultural and Interlanguage Communication

Ed. by Piller, Ingrid

6 Issues per year


IMPACT FACTOR 2017: 0.404
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 0.727

CiteScore 2017: 1.14

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2017: 0.546
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2017: 0.638

Online
ISSN
1613-3684
See all formats and pricing
More options …
Ahead of print

Issues

The new speakers of Lombard

Paolo Coluzzi
Published Online: 2018-09-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/multi-2018-0017

Abstract

Lombard is one of the 12–15 non-recognized regional languages spoken in Italy. This article focuses on the new speakers of Lombard, i. e. people who have learned or are learning Lombard as a second language. Through an open questionnaire the author has probed into various aspects concerning these new speakers’ competence and learning trajectories, situations and opportunities for using the language, motivations, aims, commitment, metalinguistic awareness and the difficulties encountered in acquiring the language. Issues of authenticity, legitimacy and especially of identity and political allegiances have also been looked at. After a brief outline of the Lombard language and the research on new speakers that has been carried out so far, the article presents the methodology employed, followed by an analysis of the answers provided, which show that new speakers are very different from native speakers in sociolinguistic terms. A discussion of the results and some conclusions close the article.

Keywords: ethnonationalism; language planning; language revitalization; Lombard language; new speakers

References

  • Brasca, Lissander. 2011. Scriver Lombard, un’ortografia polinomeg-local per la lengua lombarda. Monça/Monza: Menaresta.Google Scholar

  • Chambers, J. K., & Peter Trudgill. 1998. Dialectology. 2nd edn. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar

  • Coluzzi, Paolo. 2007. Minority language planning and micronationalism in Italy: An analysis of the situation of Friulian, Cimbrian and Milanese with reference to Spanish minority languages. Oxford: Peter Lang.Google Scholar

  • Coluzzi, Paolo. 2009. Endangered minority and regional languages (“dialects”) in Italy. Modern Italy 14(1). 39–54.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Coluzzi, Paolo, Lissander Brasca, & Emanuele Miola. Forthcoming a. Writing systems for Italian regional languages. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development.Google Scholar

  • Coluzzi, Paolo, Lissander Brasca, Marco Trizzino, & Simona Scuri. Forthcoming b. Language planning for Italian regional languages: The cases of Lombard and Sicilian. In Bojan Belić, Motoki Nomachi & Dieter Stern (eds.), Linguistic regionalism in (Eastern) Europe: Minority, regional and microliterary languages. Munich: Biblion Media.Google Scholar

  • Coseriu, Eugenio. 1981. Los conceptos de ‘dialecto’, ‘nivel’ y ‘estilo de lengua’ y el sentido propio de la dialectología. Lingüística Española Actual 3(1). 1–32.Google Scholar

  • Costa, James. 2015. New speakers, new language: On being a legitimate speaker of a minority language in Provence. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 231. 127–145.Google Scholar

  • Dunoyer, Christiane. 2010a. Les nouveaux patoisants en Vallée d'Aoste. Aoste: Musumeci.Google Scholar

  • Dunoyer, Christiane. 2010b. Les nouveaux patoisants en Vallée d'Aoste. Nouvelles Du Centre D'études Francoprovençales René Willien 62. 84–89.Google Scholar

  • Hinton, Leanne. 2013. Bringing our language home: Language revitalization for families. Berkeley: Heyday.Google Scholar

  • Hornsby, Michael. 2015a. The “new” and “traditional” speaker dichotomy: Bridging the gap. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 231. 107–125.Google Scholar

  • Hornsby, Michael. 2015b. Revitalizing minority languages: New speakers of Breton, Yiddish and Lemko. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.Google Scholar

  • ISTAT. 2015. L'uso della lingua italiana, dei dialetti e delle lingue straniere. https://www.istat.it/it/files/2017/12/Report_Uso-italiano_dialetti_altrelingue_2015.pdf? title=Lingua+italiana%2C+dialetti+e+altre+lingue+-+27%2Fdic%2F2017+-+Report_Uso+italiano_dialetti_altrelingue_2015.pdf (accessed 16 February 2018)

  • Jaffe, Alexandra. 2015. Defining the new speakers: Theoretical perspectives and learner trajectories. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 231. 21–44.Google Scholar

  • Kasstan, Jonathan Richard. 2018. Exploring contested authenticity among speakers of a contested language: The case of “Francoprovençal”. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development .CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • Lewis, Paul, & Gary Simons. 2010. Assessing endangerment: Expanding Fishman’s GIDS. Revue Roumaine De Linguistique/Romanian Review of Linguistics 55(2). 103–120. http://www-01.sil.org/~simonsg/local/RRL-02-2010-Lewis.pdf (accessed 12 January 2018).

  • McLeod, Wilson, Bernadette O’Rourke, & Stuart Dunmore. 2014. New speakers of Gaelic in Edimburgh and Glasgow. Isle of Skye: Soillse.Google Scholar

  • Ó hlfearnáin, Tadhg. 2015. Sociolinguistic vitality of Manx after extreme language shift: Authenticity without traditional native speakers. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 231. 45–62.Google Scholar

  • O’Rourke, Bernadette, Joan Pujolar, & Fernando Ramallo. 2015. New speakers of minority languages: The challenging opportunity – Foreword. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 231. 1–20.Google Scholar

  • O’Rourke, Bernadette, & Fernando Ramallo. 2011. The native-non-native dichotomy in minority language contexts: Comparison between Irish and Galician. Language Problems & Language Planning 35(2). 139–159.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • O’Rourke, Bernadette, & Fernando Ramallo. 2013. Competing ideology of linguistic authority amongst new speakers in contemporary Galicia. Language in Society 42. 287–305.CrossrefGoogle Scholar

  • O’Rourke, Bernadette, & Fernando Ramallo. 2015. Neofalantes as an active minority: Understanding language practices and motivations for change amongst new speakers of Galician. Language in Society 42. 147–165.Google Scholar

  • O’Rourke, Bernadette, & John Walsh. 2015. New speakers of Irish: Shifting boundaries across time and space. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 231. 63–83.Google Scholar

  • Ortega, Ane, Estibaliz Amorrortu, Jone Goirigolzarri, & Jacqueline Urla. 2016. Los nuevos hablantes de euskera: Experiencias, actitudes e identidades. Bilbao: Universidad de Deusto.Google Scholar

  • Ortega, Ane, Estibaliz Amorrortu, Jone Goirigolzarri, Jacqueline Urla, & Belen Uranga. 2014. Nuevos hablantes de euskera: Identidad y legitimidad. Digithum 16. http://digithum.uoc.edu/articles/abstract/10.7238/d.v0i16.2182/ (accessed 12 January 2017).

  • Ortega, Ane, Jacqueline Urla, Estibaliz Amorrortu, Jone Goirigolzarri, & Belen Uranga. 2015. Linguistic identity among new speakers of Basque. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 231. 85–105.Google Scholar

  • Pujolar, Joan, & Maite Puigdevall. 2015. Linguistic mudes: How to become a new speaker in Catalonia. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 231. 167–187.Google Scholar

  • Robert, Elen. 2009. Accommodating “new” speakers? An attitudinal investigation of L2 speakers of Welsh in south-east Wales. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 195. 93–115.Google Scholar

  • Wicherkiewicz, Thomasz. 2001. Becoming a regional language – A method in language status planning. Paper presented at the 2nd European Conference on Language Planning, Andorra.Google Scholar

About the article

Published Online: 2018-09-04


Citation Information: Multilingua, ISSN (Online) 1613-3684, ISSN (Print) 0167-8507, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/multi-2018-0017.

Export Citation

© 2018 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston.Get Permission

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in