The present study focuses on the social factors that have contributed to language maintenance in Chipilo, Mexico, a community founded in 1882 by immigrants from a Veneto-speaking region in northern Italy. In Chipilo, Veneto has co-existed with Spanish for over 125 years and is the first language of many, if not all, of the bilinguals. This paper discusses results from a questionnaire focusing on language use patterns, language attitudes, and issues of language maintenance. Results show that while there are differences across age, gender, and L1 groups with respect to language use patterns and attitudes towards bilingualism, an overall positive attitude and a high degree of Veneto language use, even among the younger generations, has thus far slowed the process of language shift from Veneto to Spanish.
Selected Proceedings of the 12th Hispanic Linguistics Symposium
edited by Claudia Borgonovo, Manuel Español-Echevarría, and Philippe Prévost
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