Istriot

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A language of Croatia

Alternate Names
Istro-Romance
Population

400 (Salminen 2007). L2 users: 900 (Salminen 2007).

Location

Istrian Peninsula west coast, Rovinj (Rovigno), Bale (Valle), Galižana (Gallesano) and Vodnjan (Dignano) towns.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

None known. An archaic Romance language, often confused with Istro Romanian [ruo]. Perhaps more similar to Friulian [fur] or Dalmatian than to Istro Romanian.

Language Use

Young speakers in Bale and middle-aged speakers in Galzana. Elsewhere speakers are elderly (Salminen 2007).