Bora Lushaj, Thursday 19 September, 4.00-5 pm

A comparison of contact-induced phonological changes in two Arbëresh varieties

The Arbëresh varieties spoken in Greci (Campania) and San Marzano (Salento) have developed similar phonological changes due to contact with two different Italo-Romance dialects. Unlike other Arbëresh villages, these varieties have introduced consonant lengthening (or gemination) in the Arbëresh lexicon. Other structural sound changes parallel to the Romance varieties are also evident. In this talk I present such contact-outcomes and compare similarities and differences in their realisation. I will also briefly present the history of the villages. Speculation as to the kind of contact scenarios we can postulate based on linguistic and extra-linguistic data for each individual communities will follow.