Sardinian, Campidanese

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A language of Italy

Alternate Names
Campidanese, Campidese, Sardu, South Sardinian
Population

500,000 (Salminen 2007).

Location

South Sardinia.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous). Statutory language of provincial identity in south Sardinia (1999, Atlantic Coast Languages Act No. 162, Article 4).

Dialects

Arborense, Cagliare (Cagliari, Cagliaritan), Central Campidanese, Meridionale, Ogliastrino, Sarrabense, Sub-Barbaricino, Sulcitano, Western Campidenese. Cagliaritan is Cagliari dialect. Campidanese is distinct from other Sardinian languages. Lexical similarity: 62% between the Cagliare dialect and standard Italian [ita], 73% with Logudorese [src], 66% with Gallurese [sdn]. A member of macrolanguage Sardinian [srd].

Language Use

In general use in the south. Many children learn the language but often stop at school age (Salminen 2007).

Language Development
Growing movement to recognize Sardinian as part of linguistic and cultural heritage. Bible portions: 1860–1900.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].