The Endangered Arbresh Language and the Importance of Standardised Writing for its Survival: The Case of Piana degli Albanesi

Eda Derhemi

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Abstract

This study covers two main topics: a presentation of the condition of the endangered Arbresh language and analysis of those features of attrition that demonstrate the importance of writing and codification of a language; and an examination of the implementation of recent linguistic policies in Piana degli Albanesi, Sicily, in interaction with the complex environment of a bilingual and diglossic minority whose language is undergoing attrition. The research concludes that the revitalisation of Arbresh in its current condition requires standardisation of the written language and the inclusion of this language in Piana schools.

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Derhemi, Eda. The Endangered Arbresh Language and the Importance of Standardised Writing for its Survival: The Case of Piana degli Albanesi. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 2002, vol. 4, no.2, pp. 248-269. UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574. www.unesco.org/shs/ijms/vol4/issue2/art6

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