DIALECTS AS MARKERS OF REGIONAL IDENTITY IN THE CROATIAN REGION OF ISTRIA Cover Image

DIALECTS AS MARKERS OF REGIONAL IDENTITY IN THE CROATIAN REGION OF ISTRIA
DIALECTS AS MARKERS OF REGIONAL IDENTITY IN THE CROATIAN REGION OF ISTRIA

Author(s): Mirna Jernej Pulić, Olga Orlić
Subject(s): Sociolinguistics, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Scientia
Keywords: dialects; regional identity; Istria; bilingual region; code-switching; receptive multilingualism; European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages;
Summary/Abstract: Istria is a multicultural region with very significant population, which puts a strong emphasis on their regional identity. At the official level, Istria is a bilingual region (Croatian – Italian), but multilingualism is a distinctive feature of its everyday reality. Based on qualitative ethnographic data, the paper explores the degree to which the local Istrian varieties, code-switching, and receptive multilingualism carry symbolic value for their speakers and play a crucial role in the formation and preservation of the authentic regional identity. Based on the results of the research, the paper re-examines the aim and applicability of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.