Sardinian, Sassarese

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A language of Italy

Alternate Names
Northwestern Sardinian, Sassarese
Population

100,000 (Salminen 1993).

Location

Northwest Sardinia.

Language Status

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

Dialects

Lexical similarity: 81% with Gallurese [sdn], 76% with standard Italian [ita].

Language Use

Many children learn the language but often stop using it at school age (2007). Also use Italian [ita].

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