L’Italia: Lingua e Cultura
In the mid-1970s a large-scale sociolinguistic survey conducted across all areas of the Republic of Italy revealed that as much as one-third of the population was not altogether at home speaking in Italian. A decade or so later, that proportion will probably have decreased through normal processes of education and the all-pervasive presence of the mass media, but there are still vast areas of Italy where the local dialect rather than ‘Italian’ is the first language of the home and the street.
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