Quotation Di Salvo, Margherita, Matrisciano, Sara. 2021. Insicurezza linguistica e alternanza di codice. Vecchi e nuovi emigrati. Lingua e stile. (1), 101-124.




This qualitative case study describes code-switching practices from Italian to English in a corpus gathered from 14 Italian migrants from two different migratory waves. The objective is to analyse whether the more recent migrants use codeswitching from Italian to English in the same manner as the older migrants do. Against expectations, migrants from the recent migration – who are accused in the literature of bragging about their linguistic skills – rarely switch to English. Thus, their language use is quite different from Italian migrants in the less recent waves, who instead tend to switch quite often, especially to insert specific terms due to linguistic insecurity.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Lingua e stile
Citation Index A&HCI
Language Italian
Title Insicurezza linguistica e alternanza di codice. Vecchi e nuovi emigrati
Number 1
Year 2021
Page from 101
Page to 124
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1417/100902
Open Access N


Matrisciano-Mayerhofer, Sara (Details)
Di Salvo, Margherita (Università Federico II Napoli, Italy)
Institute for Romance Languages IN (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5428 Migration research, emigration - (Details)
6612 Dialectology (Details)
6615 Romance studies (Details)
6623 Sociolinguistics (Details)
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