Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Linguistics and Cognitive Science
© 2013 Kelsey J. Frost
This thesis examines the products and impact of the language contact situation produced in Argentina between Italian immigrants and the local Argentine population from the late 1800s to the present day. This thesis is composed of two main parts: historical research and first-hand research, including a comparison between the linguistic situations in Argentina and Uruguay. Despite the high percentage of people of Italian descent in Argentina, we find a case of language shift and loss. Though in the past Italian immigrants were subject to discrimination, now Italian culture is a sense of pride. Nonetheless, the Italian language is only one marker of culture, and one that is lost in the home environment after a few generations. There have been, and still are, some Argentine efforts toward language maintenance, which could perhaps be improved after a thorough comparative study of Uruguay's Italian education model.
Frost, Kelsey J., "¿Chi Somos, che Hablamos?: Desplazamiento Lingüístico, Mantenimiento del Lenguaje y la Experiencia Lingüística de las Personas de Ascendencia Italiana en Argentina" (2013). Scripps Senior Theses. 261.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.