Sardinian, Sassarese


A language of Italy

Alternate Names
Northwestern Sardinian, Sassarese

100,000 (Salminen 1993).


Sardinia region: Sassari province.

Language Status

6b (Threatened). Statutory language of provincial identity in northwest Sardinia (1999, Linguistic Minority Defense Act No. 482, Article 2).


None known. Lexical similarity: 81% with Gallurese [sdn], 76% with standard Italian [ita]. A member of macrolanguage Sardinian [srd].

Language Use

Many children learn the language but often stop using it at school age (Salminen 2007).

Language Development
Growing movement to recognize Sardinian as part of linguistic and cultural heritage. Bible portions: 1863–1866.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Influenced by Ligurian [lij] and Pisan (Pisa, northwest coast of Italy). They call Campidanese [sro] and Logudorese [src] Sard, and the people Sards, but do not include themselves or their language in those terms.