Dialect and Identity in the wider Adriatic Region: Greece, Italy, Albania, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia

Author: Panagiotis Krimpas (Democritus University of Thrace, Greece)
Speaker: Panagiotis Krimpas
Topic: Anthropological Linguistics
COMELA 2022 General Session


The Adriatic Region has long been fraught with cutlural, linguistic, and popualtion changes and shifts. These shifts are somewhat predicated on politics, and at times forced relocation, owing to war, subsistence, and upwward socioeconomic pursuits. Over the past 50 years, the patterns of old seem to have repeated themselves, as if to emulate classical dynamics. These shifts have thus brought on dynamic changes in Dialect and Identity, more so as the juncture among these dialects have emerged from linkaes which predate the idea of nation in the region.

This paper seeks to discuss the ways in which Dialect and Identity in the wider Adriatic region have shifted and restructured themselves over the past 50 years. The paper seeks to address not only current structural aspects of Dialect, and of Identity, but also their extended extrapolations throughotu society, and the ways in which these extrapolations reflexively re influence Language and Identity. More so, the paper seeks to address the ways in which, dialects and identities throughout the wider Adriatic region in ways influence one another, despite their, at times, geographical distance.

Keywords: Adriatic region, Linguistics, Identity, Linguistic Anthropology, Sociolinguistics