"Il dialetto di Campobasso è su per giù come il napoletano": Neapolitan as Linguistic Identity Marker in the Construction of the Transnational Identity of Southern Italian Immigrants in the UK

Activity: Talk or presentationScience to science


In the context of transnational migration, migrants often (re-)construct their identities through a process of cultural hybridization, which involves linguistic references. In our talk, we will present the analysis of one hundred sociolinguistic interviews with first- and second-generation Italian immigrants from all Southern Italian regions who live in the U.K. Our data show that, in the transnational context, the migrants have adapted to their local identity at a macro-regional level and use Neapolitan, the local language of Naples, for cultural and (partial) linguistic identification. An imagined closeness to the napoletanità, therefore, becomes a symbol of southern Italian
Period1 Nov 20183 Nov 2018
Event titleDiaspore Italiane: Transnationalism and Questions of Identity
Event typeUnknown
Degree of RecognitionInternational

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 602048 Sociolinguistics
  • 602032 Dialectology
  • 602042 Romance studies