Building Blocks of Cultural Identity: Language's Place in Cultural Sustainability
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Type of Work86 p.
ProgramMA in Cultural Sustainability
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SubjectsCultural sustainability -- Capstone (Graduate)
Linguistic research -- Italy.
Italian language -- Dialects -- Italy -- Venice.
This capstone thesis was written to explore the collaboration between linguistics and cultural identity in the field of cultural sustainability. Moving to Italy while studying cultural sustainability at Goucher College, I was interested and excited to learn about Europe’s diverse linguistic background and the preservation/revitalization efforts that are already being initiated in various parts of the European Union. Inspired by studies of language ideologies, sociolinguistics, cultural identity, and language preservation, my thesis takes previous linguistic and cultural research and language revitalization case studies to come up with a compilation of best practices for cultural sustainability through linguistic sustainability/revitalization. For the analysis part of my thesis, I did my own field research focusing on a dialect in northern Italy known as Venetian. The best practices for language sustainability suggested in this thesis are related to what was observed and learned while studying sociolinguistic and cultural aspects of this speech community.