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Di Pietro, Robert J. – 1976
As may be seen in a brief examination of several characters and scenes in Mario Puzo's "The Godfather," analysis of ethnic literature must focus on both the cultural and the linguistic aspects of literature. Often the syntactic structure reflects the structure of the native language of the writer, while word choice frequently depends…
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Ethnic Groups, Ethnic Origins, Italian Americans
Di Pietro, Robert J. – Rassegna Italiana di Linguistica Applicata, 1980
Suggests that ethnic American literature might help promote FL study through themes also recurrent in the target group literature and through English usages reminiscent of target language features. Sees these shared characteristics as a potential aid to learning, usually obscured by the emphasis placed on contrastive aspects. (MES)
Descriptors: Cultural Background, Ethnic Bias, Ethnicity, Italian