The biographical approach, which is increasingly widespread in the literature and is characterised by "a very significant degree of granularity at a qualitative level" (Franceschini, Veronesi, 2016), allows us to take a subjective perspective with respect to speakers' perceptions and self-representations. Combining the research tools of narrative interviews and linguistic self-portraits, this contribution aims at investigating the experience of two different German-speaking groups living in the peculiar South Tyrolean sociolinguistic context: on the one hand, expats from Germany living in South Tyrol, on the other hand German-speaking South Tyroleans. After a theoretical-methodological discussion around the collective and co-constructed aspect of linguistic autobiographies, the results of the research will be presented, with a particular focus on the perception of Italian by the participants and their own representations of their learning paths.
|Translated title of the contribution||“My hands are yellow because it’s Italian”: linguistic biographies and self-representations of German speakers in South Tyrol|
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Published (in print/issue) - 26 Jan 2022|
- South Tyrol
- Language biographies
- Linguistic biographies