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Antropologicheskij forum, 2016, no. 28

 

CONSTRUCTING “GREEK” AND “ALBANIAN”: LINGUISTIC IDEOLOGIES IN THE GREEK-SPEAKING COMMUNITIES OF SOUTHERN ALBANIA (NORTHERN EPIRUS)

Ekaterina Zheltova

European University at St Petersburg
3 Gagarinskaya Str., St Petersburg, Russia
kitrini92()gmail.com

Abstract: This paper studies linguistic ideologies in the Greek-speaking communities of Southern Albania (Northern Epirus). The research is based on data collected during two field trips held in August-September 2014 and in February 2015 in two bilingual regions of Southern Albania, Himara and Dropul. Ca. 60 respondents of different age, gender, and social backgrounds took part in the research. For collecting material, the methods of semi-structured interviews and participant observation were used. In my analysis, I take the methodological perspective of discourse analysis.

This article aims to present some of the ideas my consultants articulated about the linguistic codes that constitute their multilingual repertoire, to classify them, and to analyse them in the contexts of identity construction specific to these communities.

The linguistic ideologies presented in the paper fall into two categories: “beliefs about Albanian in contrast with Greek” and “beliefs about the local Greek idiom”. These linguistic ideologies manage the social boundaries between local communities and the two “significant others:” the “imagined communities” of Greek and Albanian national states. They are instrumental in people’s search for the imagined “motherland” of the Greek nation-state, and, at the same time, help support the local identity and adjust the status of their community to the situation, as well as “improve” locality turning it into ethnicity.

Keywords: language and identity, linguistic ideologies, ethnicity and nationalism, minority, Southern Albania.

To cite: Zheltova E., 'Konstruiruya grecheskiy i albanskiy: lingvisticheskie ideologii v grekogovoryashchikh soobshchestvakh Yuzhnoy Albanii (Severnogo Epira)' [Constructing “Greek” and “Albanian”: Linguistic Ideologies in the Greek-speaking Communities of Southern Albania (Northern Epirus)], Antropologicheskij forum, 2016, no. 28, pp. 246–259.

URL: http://anthropologie.kunstkamera.ru/files/pdf/028/zheltova.pdf