Symbolic ethnicity, cultural and linguistic landscape: remnants of ‘Little Europe’ in the Valcanale (Northeast Italy). Published in: National Identities (2021)

Symbolic ethnicity, cultural and linguistic landscape: remnants of ‘Little Europe’ in the Valcanale (Northeast Italy)

For this study, which has recently been published in the American journal "National Identities", the authors investigate 'Little Europe' , the rural, mountainous Italian region of the quadrilingual Valcanale, bordering Austria and Slovenia. We combine the analysis of cultural landscape, linguistic landscape and symbolic ethnicity, providing a new concept to examine multilingual regions. In this once Austrian valley, where German was the official language before WWI, Italian now dominates over minority languages, as exemplified by official signs. However, elements of the area's cultural and linguistic landscape reveal unexpected linguistic practices and visible, locatable artefacts of the Valcanale's ethnolinguistic heritage, which we assume to play a key role in the preservation of symbolic ethnicity. (Published: March 2021)

 

This work was supported by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) under grant 32500.

 

Plautz, A.-M.; Hasenauer, L.; Jelen, I.; Čede, P.; Steinicke, E. (2021): Symbolic ethnicity, cultural and linguistic landscape: remnants of ‘Little Europe’ in the Valcanale (Northeast Italy). In: National Identities. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/14608944.2021.1894109

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