RESEARCH PROJECT: "Who are we? Australian-Italian languages and
identity across generations"
An international team of researchers from the University of Western Sydney
and the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche in Italy are launching a study
to identify and document some of the basic linguistic and cultural elements
of Italian migrants.
Six decades after the beginning of mass migration of Italian families to
Australia the team is investigating which cultural and linguistic elements
of a people's Italian Regional origins remain resilient and identifiable in
the first, second and third generations. The study looks at what remains,
what has changed and what has been acquired in the languages and dialects
used in Australian-Italian families, and how these languages contribute to
the identity of individuals and families across generations.
The project looks at first and second generation Italian Australians whose
linguistic origins (Italian language and local dialects) are rooted in
three Italian Regions. The pilot study will involve families from Veneto
(originating from the provinces of Belluno and Rovigo), families from
Calabria (originating from the province of Cosenza), and families from
Central Tuscany (originating from Firenze and Siena), headed by at least
one parent (or both parents) from those provinces, who arrived in Australia
with young children or have children born in Australia.
Families and individuals from those provinces who wish to participate and
contribute to this project should contact Bruno Di Biase of the UWS Team at
Vincenzo Galata' of the Italian team
involves for participants is, basically, about two hours of your time to 1)
answer a questionnaire on your language history and patterns of language
use; 2) complete a brief oral interview; and 3) make recordings of you
speaking in Italian and/or the dialect of your region in Italy. These
research sessions will take place at a the MARCS Auditory laboratories
Research Centre of the University at Bankstown to ensure high quality
recording of your voice. Confidentiality is guaranteed.