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ERIC Number: EJ857341
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1479-0718
The Italian Linguistic Landscape: The Cases of Milan and Udine
Coluzzi, Paolo
International Journal of Multilingualism, v6 n3 p298-312 Aug 2009
This article looks at the linguistic landscape in two Northern Italian cities: Milan and Udine. Signs in two streets of a similar length were recorded and classified according to the language or languages they were written in. The aim of this study was to investigate the presence in the linguistic landscape of the different languages making up the linguistic repertory of the two cities chosen. The main focus, however, was on the local regional/minority languages (Milanese and Friulian). The ensuing discussion focuses on the role language planning activities may play in forming the linguistic landscape, and the necessity to conduct sound empirical research in order to justify claims about the vitality/visibility of a given language. After an introduction on the state of research on the linguistic landscape in Italy, the article gives some background information on the cities chosen and the languages forming their repertory. After that, the methodology and the results of the research are discussed--most of the signs recorded are in Italian with a moderate presence of other foreign languages, above all English; the local regional/minority languages appear only in one case in Milan and in four cases in Udine. (Contains 5 notes, 2 tables, and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy