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Abstract

This study discusses common myths about the Italian immigration to the Rio de la Plata, tango and lunfardo, two cultural products of that immigration. This article resulted from an ethnographic research carried out in Buenos Aires between 2006 and 2014, and the participants were 49 Rioplatenses. The data collected revealed important details about the origin of Italian immigrants, their profession, social integration, and language. This study also shed light on tango music and dance, its myths and protagonists. A growing interest in tango and lunfardo is witnessed around the world, and various conferences and projects focus on this topic.

Bio Note

Federica Goldoni is an Assistant Professor of Spanish in the School of Liberal Arts at Georgia Gwinnett College. In 2009 she earned her Ph.D. from the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. Her main research interests are second language pedagogy, language, culture, and identity issues, and international education.

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