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Author Topic: MAGNA GRAECIA  (Read 6439 times)
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« on: September 25, 2008, 10:30:26 am »

Family and social use of the language

It seems at the present time that nobody in Bovesia speaks Grico spontaneously, except for a few people will do so if encouraged - especially shepherds and farmers.

Grico, in other words, has given way to Italian and the region's various Italian dialects.

There has been a total breakdown in oral tradition, especially since the fifties, on account of economic changes, depopulation of the region and the growing percentage of the population who have attended school.

The Grico speakers attribute the decline of the language and their lack of interest in it to the following factors: its inferior social status, its lack of usefulness as a vehicle of communication, linguistic and geographical fragmentation, the difficulty involved in learning it and the use of Italian and the other Romance dialects for social advancement.
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