Features of dysfunctional attrition in the Arbresh of Piana degli Albanesi

  title={Features of dysfunctional attrition in the Arbresh of Piana degli Albanesi},
  author={Eda Derhemi},
  journal={International Journal of the Sociology of Language},
  pages={31 - 53}
  • E. Derhemi
  • Published 20 January 2006
  • Sociology
  • International Journal of the Sociology of Language
Abstract This article discusses the nature of the attrition of the Arbresh dialect of Piana degli Albanesi. It investigates the state of language use, the state of structural decay, and the linguistic attitude of Arbresh speakers. It concludes that this Arbresh dialect is undergoing a process of “dysfunctional attrition,” which consists of a progressive shrinkage of linguistic domains and functions, a decrease in the number of speakers, and a decline in linguistic competence as the speakers… 

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