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Maria Olimpia Squillaci

Greek minorities in Italy; language revitalisation; language folklorisation; language and identity; language and immigration

Greek minorities in Italy

Language revitalisation

Language folklorisation

Language and identity

Language and immigration


Biography:

'When Greek meets Romance: a morphosyntactic investigation of language contact in Aspromonte'.
My Phd research focuses on the phenomenon of language contact in the South of Italy, Calabria. In particular, it aims at investigating the Greek (Greko) and Romance (Bovese) varieties that today are spoken in the province of Reggio Calabria. In the last few decades, these varieties have been experiencing a sharp decrease in the number of speakers. Significantly, these two varieties have coexisted for centuries, giving raise to unique morpho-syntactic structures born out of contact between Greek and Romance grammars. As a consequence, my main aim is to catalogue and examine these peculiarities which have not received much attention in the national and international literature. In addition I shall compare the grammars of these two varieties on the syntactic level in order to investigate a series of hybrid grammatical phenomena attested in Greko and Bovese.

Termination details:

'When Greek meets Romance: a morphosyntactic investigation of language contact in Aspromonte'.
My Phd research focuses on the phenomenon of language contact in the South of Italy, Calabria. In particular, it aims at investigating the Greek (Greko) and Romance (Bovese) varieties that today are spoken in the province of Reggio Calabria. In the last few decades, these varieties have been experiencing a sharp decrease in the number of speakers. Significantly, these two varieties have coexisted for centuries, giving raise to unique morpho-syntactic structures born out of contact between Greek and Romance grammars. As a consequence, my main aim is to catalogue and examine these peculiarities which have not received much attention in the national and international literature. In addition I shall compare the grammars of these two varieties on the syntactic level in order to investigate a series of hybrid grammatical phenomena attested in Greko and Bovese.

Keywords

  • Dialectology
  • Endangered languages