Speaker: Dr Manuela Pellegrino & Angeliki Douri
In conformity with the European Charter of Minority Languages, the Italian government passed Law 482 in 1999 recognizing Griko (Apulia) and Greko (Calabria), two languages of Greek origins used in Southern Italy, as one of the twelve minority languages in Italy.
This seminar focuses on Griko and is structured as follows: Angeliki Douri will first present a brief overview of the Griko language, touching primarily on its origins and repertoire of usage. Then, she will discuss the outcomes of an empirical study, consisting of a phase of observation and a series of targeted interviews, which were conducted in Grecìa Salentina in the framework of a linguistic research.
Based on fieldwork conducted in Apulia and Greece Dr. Manuela Pellegrino will discuss the ways in which Griko keeps forming part of the lives of the locals and highlight the engagement of Greek aficionados of Griko in support of the preservation of the language; drawing on the project “I cinùria ghetonìa”–the first interdialectal meeting among Griko and Greko-speakers-- organized together with Dr. M.Olimpia Squillaci, Manuela will also offer some comparative comments about the similarities and differences in the past and the present of Griko and Greko-speaking communities of Southern Italy.
Manuela Pellegrino Bio
Manuela Pellegrino holds a master’s degree and PhD in anthropology from University College of London. She currently is a Fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University.
Angelikì Douri Bio
Angeliki Douri graduated in German Philology from Kapodistriakon University of Athens and attained a MA in European Linguistics from Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg and an MA in Language Teaching and Analysis from Aegean University. Currently based in Italy, she keeps teaching online and conducting research in language teaching.