My heart sings to me: song as the memory of language in the Arbëresh community of Chieuti Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Bell, Sara Jane
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of American Studies, Folklore Program
  • For the people of Chieuti who grew up speaking the Albanian dialect that the inhabitants of their Arbëresh town in the Italian province of Puglia have spoken for more than five centuries, the rapid decline of their mother tongue is a loss that is sorely felt. Musicians and cultural activists labor to negotiate new strategies for maintaining connections to their unique heritage and impart their traditions to young people who are raised speaking Italian in an increasingly interconnected world. As they perform, they are able to act out collective narratives of longing and belonging, history, nostalgia, and sense of place. Using the traditional song Rine Rine as a point of departure, this thesis examines how songs transmit linguistic and cultural markers of Arbëresh identity and serve to illuminate Chieuti's position as a community poised in the moment of language shift.
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  • "... in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in the Curriculum in Folklore."
  • Cantwell, Robert
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