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A New Language, A New World: Italian Immigrants in the United States, 1890-1945
by Nancy C. Carnevale
University of Illinois Press, 2012
eISBN: 978-0-252-09077-6 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03403-9 | Paper: 978-0-252-07862-0
Library of Congress Classification E184.I8C29 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.89451073

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | TOC
ABOUT THIS BOOK
An examination of Italian immigrants and their children in the early twentieth century, A New Language, A New World is the first full-length historical case study of one immigrant group's experience with language in America. Incorporating the interdisciplinary literature on language within a historical framework, Nancy C. Carnevale illustrates the complexity of the topic of language in American immigrant life. By looking at language from the perspectives of both immigrants and the dominant culture as well as their interaction, this book reveals the role of language in the formation of ethnic identity and the often coercive context within which immigrants must negotiate this process.

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