Istriot

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A language of Croatia

Population

1,000 (2000 T. Salminen). 400 L1 plus 400 L2 speakers in Istria, plus 500 living outside Istria in 1998 (Salminen 2007).

Location

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

Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

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).