Volume 4, Issue 1, December 2009
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ItemImmigration, Integration and Dialects: Reflections on a recent Italian government advertising campaign(Department of Languages, Flinders University, 2009-12)Examines the evidence for a dialect revival in light of the functions that dialects are serving in contemporary Italy. It argues that the use of dialect in a governmental publicity campaign has a symbolic and ideological value, not necessarily connected to any real world patterns of language choice, and that the ideological references and appeals made in the campaign suggest that the target audience of the campaign is as much as the general Italian public as immigrants themselves.
ItemMemory, Postmemory, Trauma: The Spanish Civil War in recent novels by women(Department of Languages, Flinders University, 2009-12)Discusses the cultural politics of two novels (La voz dormida and Un largo silencio) in light of contemporary debates about trauma, memory and the recuperation of the past, and will consider their contribution to the collective memory of the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath.
ItemThe Spanish Empire and 'Los Tercios' as Seen in Arturo Perez-Revert's El Sol de Breda (1998:2003)(Department of Languages, Flinders University, 2009-12)Perez-Reverte's Alatriste novels seek to educate young Spaniards about their Golden Age. In El sol de Breda, set in 1624-1625, Spanish armies fight to suppress the Dutch Protestant revolt.The narrator accuses monarchy, aristocracy and clergy of major failures of leadership.
ItemPassions australiennes: Michele Decoust et Catherine Rey(Department of Languages, Flinders University, 2009-12)Explores 2 contemporary French writers' depiction of love (or lack thereof) in the Australian outback. Both texts rely on fairly stereotypical views of gender relations in Australia but offer contrasting conclusions.
ItemLanguage and Cultural Values: The ethnolinguistic pathways model(Department of Languages, Flinders University, 2009-12)The aim of the 'ethnolinguistic pathways model' is to illustrate how the study of communicative behaviours, phrases, key words and productive syntactic patterns can lead to the discovery of putative cultural values; and how the cultural values typically associated with a particular linguistic community can be further corroborated.