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as such seems to reflect this bilingual and bicultural identity and it is this acceptance of code switching that produces group identity. Regardless of the linguistic facts presented, on the whole, the speakers of Na-našo perceive their variant as being different from both Croatian and Italian. Their deepest identities are enacted in their language use and as argued by Shopen and Williams24: »every dialect is a treasury of sounds and words and grammatical forms that allows its speakers to identify themselves and their values. But every dialect is also a trea-sury of sounds and forms from which other dialects borrow to strengthen their

own linguistic resources... to disparage any distinctive feature of a dialect - social or geographical - is todisparage and thereby reject the values and accomplishments of the speakers who use those forms«. This received wisdom in the field of endangered languages warns that any revitalization attempt should take into account the dynamics of the existing close relationship between language and identity as manifested by the lives of common speakers giving their feelings and attitudes a decisive role in any future planning programs.

 

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