Emigrare nella Svizzera tedesca ieri e oggi: reti sociali e usi linguistici di immigrati italiani

Natale, Silvia; Kunz, Aline (2019). Emigrare nella Svizzera tedesca ieri e oggi: reti sociali e usi linguistici di immigrati italiani. In: Del Savio, Michela; Pons, Aline; Rivoira, Matteo (eds.) Lingue e migranti nell'area alpina e subalpina occidentale. Lingua, cultura, territorio: Vol. 70 (pp. 321-337). Alessandria: Edizioni dell'Orso

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The German-speaking part of Switzerland has been a popular destination during the massive Italian immigration of the 1960s and 1970s. After the economic crisis in 2008, Switzerland is again an important protagonist within the new Italian immigration wave called “neo-migrazione”. Yesterday, as today, German-speaking Switzerland represents a linguistic challenge for immigrants. The multilingual context, characterized above all by the simultaneous presence of standard German and local dialects, requires the acquisition of two languages to be able to interact without limits with members of the local community and local institutions.
Compared to the previous immigration wave, about 30% of the new immigrants have a high level of education and are often – but not always – hired by universities, research centres or work as engineers with higher management positions. In our paper, we will compare the experiences of exponents of the “old migration” with the experiences of those who arrived recently with a special glance at very high educated immigrants. On the basis of qualitative analysis of interviews collected in 2018, we will pay particular attention to the architecture of the social networks and to the linguistic uses within the networks (see Natale, Krakenberger 2017; Bianco, Krakenberger, Natale 2017).

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Italian Language and Literature
06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg) > Center for the Study of Language and Society (CSLS)

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Natale, Silvia and Kunz, Aline


800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 850 Italian, Romanian & related literatures
400 Language > 450 Italian, Romanian & related languages




Lingua, cultura, territorio


Edizioni dell'Orso




Aline Kunz

Date Deposited:

21 Apr 2020 15:27

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:32

Uncontrolled Keywords:

italian immigration, social networks, linguistic repertoires, acquisition of local varieties of Swiss german



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