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Linguistic fieldwork and collective memory

This project involves starting a collaboration with the Museum of Peasant Culture in the small southern Italian village of Bocchigliero with the aim of using our respective expertise to gather a body of documents in the Bocchiglierese dialect, for example written texts (letters and poems) but also video interviews on topics related to the local history and culture. This material will be archived in the museum and displayed to the public in order to contribute to the preservation and enhancement of the Bocchiglierese language and culture. It will also form the empirical basis for a written grammar of the Bocchiglierese dialect.