A New Language, A New World

A New Language, A New World : Italian Immigrants in the United States, 1890-1945

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An examination of Italian immigrants and their children in the early twentieth century, A New Language, A New World is the first full-length historical case study of one immigrant group's experience with language in America. Incorporating the interdisciplinary literature on language within a historical framework, Nancy C. Carnevale illustrates the complexity of the topic of language in American immigrant life. By looking at language from the perspectives of both immigrants and the dominant culture as well as their interaction, this book reveals the role of language in the formation of ethnic identity and the often coercive context within which immigrants must negotiate this process.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 150 x 246 x 18mm | 340.19g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252078624
  • 9780252078620
  • 1,328,751

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"Carnevale takes a fresh and intriguing approach by focusing on an issue to which historians have devoted surprisingly little attention."--Journal of American Ethnic History "A must for Italian American scholars."--Altreitalie "Outstanding from start to finish. . . . The author displays exceptional range and depth in exploring not only the interior world of Italian American life, but also the intersections of this group's story with that of other immigrant communities and with society as a whole. . . . Highly recommended."--Choiceshow more

About Nancy C. Carnevale

Nancy C. Carnevale is an associate professor of history at Montclair State University.show more