KiDiLi

Linguistic diversity at South Tyrolean pre-schools: a sociolinguistic ethnography

  • Project duration: December 2020 - December 2022
  • Project status:
    Ongoing

Language issues matter in South Tyrolean pre-schools: not only are there three different, linguistically conceived, kinds of pre-schools (German, Italian and Ladin), but particularly for German and Italian pre-schools there also seem to be tensions about the kinds of language competences expected from and fostered in children. These tensions have also caught media attention: local German and Italian media have reported extensively on concerns about linguistic heterogeneity in German pre-schools, as well as on aims at counteracting a decline in inscription numbers at Italian pre-schools by introducing German and English.

This project aims to investigate how these tensions play out ‘on the ground’ by conducting an ethnography of a German and an Italian pre-school in South Tyrol. Through participant observation and interviewing, I aim to uncover the ways in which language is made salient in the daily business of the two pre-schools, how value gets attached to different linguistic resources, and how language is involved in making inclusions and exclusions and ultimately in making social difference.


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Coherence in academic Italian

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