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Istrian Identities and Languages in Contact

Anita Sujoldžić ; Institute for Anthropological Research Zagreb

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APA 6th Edition
Sujoldžić, A. (2008). Istrian Identities and Languages in Contact. Suvremena lingvistika, 65 (1), 27-56. Retrieved from
MLA 8th Edition
Sujoldžić, Anita. "Istrian Identities and Languages in Contact." Suvremena lingvistika, vol. 65, no. 1, 2008, pp. 27-56. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.
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Sujoldžić, Anita. "Istrian Identities and Languages in Contact." Suvremena lingvistika 65, no. 1 (2008): 27-56.
Sujoldžić, A. (2008). 'Istrian Identities and Languages in Contact', Suvremena lingvistika, 65(1), pp. 27-56. Available at: (Accessed 22 February 2020)
Sujoldžić A. Istrian Identities and Languages in Contact. Suvremena lingvistika [Internet]. 2008 [cited 2020 February 22];65(1):27-56. Available from:
A. Sujoldžić, "Istrian Identities and Languages in Contact", Suvremena lingvistika, vol.65, no. 1, pp. 27-56, 2008. [Online]. Available: [Accessed: 22 February 2020]

The focus of the present study is on the interdependence of language and regional identity
set within the framework of language ideology and theory of practice. It is based on a quantitative
investigation of the language attitudes of 1,154 secondary students from the multicultural
region of Istria, which explores their perceptions of regional and national standard
varieties, and relates those perceptions to the social conditions affording status and/or
solidarity value at the regional linguistic market. By investigating linguistic categorization,
self–making and “othering” within the region, as well as spatial orientations of the respondents,
the present study analyzes ways used by speakers to define their sense of self and to
contrast themselves with others in terms of the region and in terms of the different language
varieties. The results demonstrate the correspondence among the observed evaluation
patterns with the strong regional movement and multicultural orientation of Istria. The
emerging regional identity is characterized linguistically by persistence of the regional codes
due to their symbolic and solidarity value and by resistance against hegemony and symbolic
domination of the standard language.

language attitudes; regional identity; language domination; language ideology; Croatian; Istria

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