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THE FOLLOWING TYPOGRAPHIC conventions are followed in all recorded fieldwork dialogue in the book.

Italics: Neapolitan. Most usually a Neapolitanised Italian or an Italianised Neapolitan, depending on who was speaking and to whom they were speaking. Very few people I encountered in my research spoke a dialect that was completely unmediated by Italian or by a different first language, such as Wolof. For some this was a natural way of speaking. For others, using something that could loosely be recognised as Neapolitan indicated something more significant about their interactions with other people.

Normal: Italian. Most usually an accented, regional Italian. Many of my Neapolitan research participants made the effort to speak predominantly in a local or regional Italian around migrant interlocutors and me, as they wanted to ease comprehension. My research participants were speaking Italian as a second language and often had not had the opportunity to study the language formally, so they made occasional syntactical and grammatical errors.

Underlined: transcription of words in the original language, not translated.

Bold: descriptions of the scene.

I refer to Napoli, as opposed to Naples, the English version of the city’s name. I have left other words in their original language when their meaning is obvious.

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Languages of racism and resistance in Neapolitan street markets


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