I'm a student at the University of Edinburgh. I'm doing a research project on Italian language maintenance among the Scotsitalian community and on its role in shaping the identity of successive generations of Italian immigrants.
If you're a Scotsitalian (no matter if you speak Italian or not) and think you could spare 5 minutes (honestly, it won't take more than that) to fill up a questionnaire I would be very grateful. My email address is
I need at least 50 respondents but so far I've found only 3: I'm on the brink of despair!!
Thanks a lot
Dear katia do not despair while I do hope Scotsmen respond to your clarion call I would like to contribute a somewhat connecting subject which may be of value to your thesis study.
The text of the Essay titled RECONNECTING TO AN ITALIAN AMERICAN ETHNIC SELF by James C. Mancuso in March 2001 with the recommended reading of Blood of My Blood, Gambino, R. (the dilemma of the Italian Americans (2nd edition), Pub. NY Doubleday 1974.
Succinctly, the text of his essay offers a discussion of the ways in which people develop, maintain and, insome cases seek to reestablish, self identities based upon associations with a particular cultural group.
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Hope you don't mind, I went ahead and removed the correct email addy, leaving the instructions to take out the spaces, as Vj stated, it's an anti spam measure used by many people to avoid having their email picked up by the trolls on the internet.
IG has had a major problem the past month or so with spammers, Nuccia, James and I work around the clock to remove it as soon as possible. But they are persistent little buggers!!
My motto, better safe than sorry!
"Cambiano i suonatori ma la musica Ã¨ sempre quella."
Put it down to old age and being too trusting - my family keep telling me I should'nt be allowed online.
There's a joke with me and my daughter who has her own web site for her holiday gites at LesCrouquets in France every time she updates her web site NOW JUST TAKE NOTE OF THIS believe it or not I act as the 'web police' to look for any msitakes. So far I havent received any promotion to Sergeant or Inspector wonder why and although I do have a link to set up a web site of my own i think it would make my family pass out! but they have no need to worry for when the first page comes up how to start building my web site. I just look at it for a while then realise I'd would be better and maybe quicker just to let my two wee dogs loose on the keyboard
Thanks for being so observant and careful with the posts xx
Searching for my great x3 grandfather Raffaele CIACCIA, also known as Raphael/Ralph CHURCH. He was born in Napoli around 1792 and arrived in London before 1812 with his brother Saverio CIACCIA, where they married sisters Ann and Jane FURNEAUX. He switched between CHURCH and CIACCIA all his life, which has made it difficult enough to pin him down. I want to find his origin in Italy.
sorry I lost track of some of my posts. Caroline, I've written to Stuart today and he said he'd be willing to help (thank you).
I've been stuck for a while at the data-collecting stage but now some respondents are starting to come forward. I'll keep you posted with the results of the analysis (the study should be ready by the end of the summer).
Thank you everybody for your help and encouragement: when I started, I never knew research could be so very frustrating at times