Living Memory investigates the complex question of language and its place at the heart of Bergamasco culture in northern Italy.
Integrates extensive participant observation with sociolinguistic data collection
Reveals the political and social dynamics of a national language (Italian) and a local dialect (Bergamasco) struggling for survival
Introduces the original concept of the social aesthetics of language: the interweaving of culturally-shaped and emotionally felt dimensions of language-choice
Written to be accessible to students and specialists alike
Part of the Blackwell Studies in Discourse and Culture Series