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Ligurian

A language of Italy

ISO 639-3lij

Population  1,920,000 in Italy (2000). Population total all countries: 1,925,100.
Region  North, Liguria, east and west of Genoa along the Riviera and mountain hinterland; St. Pietro and St. Antioch, islands off Sardinia southwest coast; Sardinia, Carloforte and Calasetta cities. Also in France, Monaco.
Alternate names   Ligure, Líguru
Dialects  Genoese (Genoan, Genovese). Ligurian is more similar to Piemontese [pms], Lombard [lmo], and French than to Standard Italian.
Classification  Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Italo-Western, Western, Gallo-Iberian, Gallo-Romance, Gallo-Italian
Language use  Also use Italian.
Language development  Bible portions: 1860.

Also spoken in:

France

Language name   Ligurian
Region  Bonifacio, Corsica, and between Italy and Monaco borders.
Language map  Andorra and France
Alternate names  Ligure
Dialects  Genoese (Genoan, Genovese).
 

Monaco

Language name   Ligurian
Population  5,100 in Monaco (1988).
Alternate names  Ligure
Dialects  Genoese (Genoan, Genovese), Monégasque (Munegasc, Ventimigliese).
Language use  Monégasque had few remaining speakers in the 1970s.
Language development  Compulsory learning in schools has revived it.
 
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