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Author Brunetti, Giovanna
Title Sicilians in Detroit [electronic resource] : How do they Speak? / Giovanna Brunetti
Imprint Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses, 2017
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Descript 1 online resource
Note Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 56-05
Adviser: Vance K. Schaefer
Thesis (M.A.)--The University of Mississippi, 2017
The present study focuses on the linguistic analysis of the varieties of the Sicilian dialect spoken in the city of Detroit, Michigan. The city has witnessed, starting from the early 19th century, a steady process of immigration and settlement involving speakers mainly arriving from the two Sicilian coastal towns of Terrasini and Cinisi. The varieties they speak appear to have never been the subject of systematic observation. The present study, thus, focuses on the preservation, attrition and/or loss of the phonological features of the Sicilian dialect spoken by a community of Sicilian immigrants of different generations living in Detroit
Native speakers of Sicilian who had immigrated to the United States as first-generation Americans and their second-generation American children were interviewed in both Sicilian and English. They responded to questions concerning their life in the US, retold a story seen in a picture book and counted from one to 20. Sections of the interview in both languages were then judged by native speakers of Sicilian and English respectively for native-like pronunciation
The analysis of the data tried to determine what variables affect the (possible) differences in the subjects' phonology, and whether these differences can affect the perception of native-like pronunciation
School code: 0131
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 56-05(E)
Subject Linguistics
Alt Author The University of Mississippi. Modern Languages
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