Publication details [#55020]

Perta, Carmela. 2011. The Albanian dialects of Southern Italy: a tenuous survival. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 2011 (210) : 127–137.
Publication type
Article in journal
Publication language
Language as a subject
Place, Publisher
De Gruyter


This study discusses the vitality of the Arbëresh Albanian dialect of Southern Italy, surviving there since the 15th century, focusing on four Albanian enclaves that constitute a geographical continuum. The arrival of “new Albanians” and their very negative ethnolinguistic reputation throughout Italy has engendered a shift among Arbëresh speakers in favor of the Italian language.