Griko is a Neo-Greek dialect used in Salentinian Greek since the 8th century BC. Replaced by both Italian and English in common use, at the beginning of the 21st century Griko was considered an endangered language in Castrignano, where only old people still spoke it.

Local government and citizens organized experiments to promote the transmission and conservation of the language to new generations. This experiment from 2030 aims at teaching children Griko phonemes that do not exist in Italian and therefore are particularly difficult to pronounce and memorize.

Stroking sandpaper, spraying from a can, popping bubble wrap: the video-installation associates every Griko phoneme to the sound of a common object. Six videos demonstrate the correct posture of the mouth for pronouncing the six phonemes.

Materials
sandpaper
stone
spray
paper
cardboard
roll
pluriball
video

Etnographers
Maria Alba
Graziana Saccente

Sources
Ada Nucita
Antonio Greco
Teresa Monte
Salvatore (aka Totò)
Paolo Paticchio

This video is part of Kastrignàna, the Ethnographic Museum of Pasts and the Futures. It houses a collection of about 30 objects and artifacts that tell the past, present and futures, both likely and unlikely, of the town of Castrignano de’ Greci.

To know more, please visit http://www.kastrignana.org

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