The Conundrum of Friulian Language Vitality De Cia, Simone 2021-09-28T02:15:03Z 2021-09-28T02:15:03Z 2021-09
dc.description.abstract Italy is characterized by a considerable amount of language variation. Only a few spoken vernaculars enjoy institutional support and are officially recognized as minority languages. Among these, Friulian is one of the largest in terms of number of speakers. In the past decade, the assessment of Friulian language vitality has yielded discordant conclusions. The aim of the present paper is to shed light on Friulian’s vitality by providing an informed discussion of the findings of the three most recent studies on the topic, namely De Cia (2013), Coluzzi (2015), and Melchior (2015). As a framework for discussion and means of synthesis among the different claims put forward on Friulian’s vitality, I will make reference to the nine factors of language vitality proposed by UNESCO (2003): each factor describes six possible sociolinguistic scenarios, which reflect six different levels of language vitality. Despite its official status and institutional support, Friulian lacks young native speakers and is used more and more infrequently in a limited number of social settings. The overall picture suggests that a marked process of language shift from Friulian to Italian is taking place. National and regional authorities should take immediate action to ensure the future survival of the minority language. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Foreign Language Resource Center en_US
dc.format.extent 36 pages en_US
dc.identifier.citation De Cia, Simone. 2021. The Conundrum of Friulian Language Vitality. Language Documentation & Conservation 15: 375-410. en_US
dc.identifier.doi ISSN 1934-5275
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dc.publisher University of Hawaii Press en_US
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States *
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dc.subject Friulian dialect en_US
dc.subject Italian language en_US
dc.subject Language and languages--Variation en_US
dc.subject Italian language--Variation en_US
dc.subject Friulian dialect--Social aspects en_US
dc.title The Conundrum of Friulian Language Vitality en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
prism.endingpage 410 en_US
prism.publicationname Language Documentation & Conservation en_US
prism.startingpage 375 en_US
prism.volume 15 en_US
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