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The Neomultilingualism in Italy: the Visibility and Impact in Urban Linguistic Landscapes

The Neomultilingualism in Italy: the Visibility and Impact in Urban Linguistic Landscapes
100 St. Joseph Street, Carr Hall room 406
Time: Oct 1st, 4:00 pm End: Oct 1st, 6:00 pm
Interest Categories: Urban, Linguistics (FAS), Italian Studies (FAS), 2000-
Lecture by Simone Casini, Universit? per Stranieri di Siena

The Department of Italian Studies and the Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies present:

Simone Casini, Università per Stranieri di Siena

The Neomultilingualism in Italy: the Visibility and Impact in Urban Linguistics Landscapes

The report examine the semiotics visibility of language contact and outlines the results of a research developed at the Centre of Excellence of the University for Foreigners of Siena on linguistic urban landscapes. The models of survey and the analysis of neomultilingualism are based on the distinction between semiotics and sociolinguistics 'migrant languages' and 'immigrant languages'. The latter term refers to the ability to define semiotically the language space in which they insist, are collected and analyzed on the basis of their visibility and viability in real contexts of communication.
The streets, squares, markets etc. represented the linguistic urban contexts of communication or rather the context of communication in which are recognized linguistic habits that result in notices on signs, on shop windows, on billboards, on the menus of restaurants, as well as in all other forms of interaction and contact between Italian and other languages.
In this perspective, the language faces of Italian cities appear undergoing evolutionary pressures due to new idiomatic subjects that establish a competitive relationship marking the symbolic space and that are evidence of a renewed national multilingual identity, a real neomultilingualism of Italian linguistic space.
Simone Casini is a Post-doc researcher at University for Foreigners in Siena and his current research focuses on the presence of immigrant languages in Italy and on the Italian language of wine.
The scientific study of Simone Casini concerns the area of the Science of Language, with particular emphasis on the field of educational linguistics and semiotics.
Simone Casini has major research activities in these key themes:
-          Italian language of wine
-          Language teaching and language acquisition (with particular reference to Italian L2);
-          Mapping linguistic diversity in the multicultural contexts of Italian school and society;
-          Presence of Italian in the world: linguistic and semiotic analysis of the urban landscape of global world
-          Both theoretical and applied research providing data processing, collection and analysis in the field of the presence, level of diffusion, vitality and visibility of immigrant languages in the Italian school and society.
The study has a multidisciplinary and innovative approach that combines the standard linguistic methodology with those of geographical sciences, social disciplines, statistics and information technology.
The linguistic landscape methodology has been adopted by the Centre of Excellence (Centro di Eccellenza della Ricerca) with innovative and unique outcomes in the world of linguistic research.
These research purposes allow the Institutions to make use of the data for better policies decision-making of inclusion.
Simone Casini has worked as teacher of Semiotics and Linguistics at the University for Foreigners in Siena and Tuscia University.

This event is free and open to all, but an RSVP is requested.  For more information, or to RSVP, please contact the Department of Italian Studies at (416) 926-2345.

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