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michael iannozzi

Keepers of a dying dialect: Italian immigrants in Sarnia, Ont., still speak an ancient language

Michael Iannozzi, a Sarnia-born linguistics student, is devoting his PhD to recording his hometown's specific brand of the dialect before the ones who speak it are gone