Claudio R. Salvucci

Research Interests

Pennsylvania dialectology and dialect geography

Papers (Coming Soon)

Language in New Jersey: A History in Documents

The Savanna Jargon: A Remnant of the Lost Erie Language?

New Jerseyans Speaking Southern: the Down Jersey/Pine Barrens dialect


Major Publications

The Roman Rite in the Algonquian and Iroquoian Missions (2008)

Women in New France (2005)

Iroquois Wars I & II (2003)

American Languages in New France (2002)

Languages of Classical Antiquity Series (1998-2005)

A Dictionary of Pennsylvanianisms (1997)

The Philadelphia Dialect Dictionary (1996)

American Language Reprint Series (1996-2009)

Grammar of the Philadelphia Dialect (1995)



My research interests fall under a few different disciplines, but they tend to cluster around rethinking North American regional studies by using existing European models. I have a primary geographic focus on Pennsylvania, the Mid-Atlantic states, and the wider ecological area of the Northeastern Woodlands. Specific topics of interest include American linguistics, history, Catholic liturgy, and ecology.



My Research

Much of my work simply involves fitting American studies into a pre-existing existing pattern of European cultural studies. Studying Neapolitan and Italian literary dialects helped convince me of the importance of written dialects to native speakers, devise an orthography for Philadelphian, and defend Pittsburghese as a natural outgrowth of local expression. Also, the examples of well-known medieval liturgical uses argued that the similarly distinct Canadian liturgies ought to be treated equally.
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  • The Roman Rite in the Algonquian and Iroquoian Missions

    The Roman Rite in the Algonquian and Iroquoian Missions

    This volume is the first ever book-length treatment of the distinctive American Indian Catholic liturgies of the Northeastern Woodlands. It compares and contrasts the Indian Masses of different missions with each other and with the official Roman Missal. It also contains chapters on the calendar and hagiography of the missions; formulas for Baptism, Matrimony, and other sacraments; the Divine Office; characteristic sacramentals and devotions; and religious life. The first book of its kind, and a must for scholars of Native American Catholicism.

    The Roman Rite in the Algonquian and Iroquoian Missions

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