Ideological, Attitudinal and Social Identity Perspectives
Edited By Martin Pütz and Neele Mundt
Anna Ghimenton & Giovanni Depau - Ideologies and expressed attitudes in Internet: Comparing ethnic identities in two regional communities (Veneto and Sardinia)
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Université Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle
Ideologies and expressed attitudes in Internet: Comparing ethnic identities in two regional communities (Veneto and Sardinia)1
Abstract Although Italian is nowadays the national language shared by all Italians, regional languages still have a wide diffusion within the local communities. The Italian government has recognized Sardinian as a minority language (National Law 482 1999) whereas Veneto does not enjoy official acknowledgment. In this paper, we aim to (1) assess expressed language attitudes in computer-mediated communication (CMC) considering different language policy scenarios in Italy and (2) describe apparent differences and relate these to current and future language vitality. To do so, we investigate the relations between linguistic ideologies and community identity through the observation of expressed attitudes found within the public sphere, in open Internet forums and on public sites such as Youtube. The observations from this comparative study provide some analytical tools for the assessment of language endangerment and show how CMC reflects folk perceptions on language usage and multilingualism.
Keywords: attitudes; computer-mediated communication; endangerment; identity; ideology; Italian; minority language; Sardinian; Veneto; vitality
In the last few decades, considerable effort has been made to promote language diversity and, consequently, language maintenance. More specifically, in the European context, issues of promoting language minorities fill an important part of the political and economic agenda (cf. Berthoud et al. 2013). In...
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