Walking Code – The Passeggiata and Popular Culture in an Italian Town

Walking Code – The Passeggiata and Popular Culture in an Italian Town

In The Passeggiata and Popular Culture in an Italian Town: Folklore and the Performance of Modernity (Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2004. 183 pp), Giovanna P. Del Negro undertakes a thorough and engaging ethnographic analysis of the tradition of the passeggiata or evening stroll in Italian society. Having spent a year doing fieldwork in the fictitiously-named Abruzzo town of Sasso, Del Negro unpacks the complex…

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Want to Speak a Second Language Without an Accent? Learn It Before You Turn Seven

Want to Speak a Second Language Without an Accent? Learn It Before You Turn Seven

Early childhood is the best time to learn a second language, according to Dr. Laura Ann Petitto, a neuropsychologist and the director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory for Language and Child Development at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. The study, conducted at McGill University in Montreal, concludes that children under seven who are systematically and equally exposed to two…

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