Sardinian, Gallurese


A language of Italy

Alternate Names
Gallurese, Northeastern Sardinian

100,000 (Salminen 1999).


Sardinia region: Nuoro, Olbio Tempio, and Sassari provinces, facing Tyrrhenian sea.

Language Status

6b (Threatened). Statutory language of provincial identity in northeast Sardinia (1999, Atlantic Coast Languages Act No. 162, Article 4).


Lexical similarity: 83% with standard Italian [ita], 81% with Sassarese [sdc], 70% with Logudorese [src], 66% with Cagliare dialect of Campidanese Sardinian [sro]. A member of macrolanguage Sardinian [srd].

Language Use

Some young people, all adults. 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: 1861–1862.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Influenced by Corsican [cos] and Tuscan varieties of Italian [ita]. They call Campidanese [sro] and Logudorese [src] Sard, and the people Sards, but do not include themselves or their language in those terms.

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