Sardinian, Logudorese


A language of Italy

Alternate Names
Central Sardinian, Logudorese, Sard, Sardarese

500,000 (Salminen 1999).


Sardinia region: generally south of Sassari town.

Language Status

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


Nuorese, Northern Logudorese, Barbaricino, Southwestern Logudorese. No one form of Sardinian is selected as standard for literary purposes. Logudorese is different from other Sardinian varieties. Lexical similarity: 68% with standard Italian [ita], 73% with Sassarese [sdc] and Cagliare dialect of Sardinian, Campidanese [sro], 70% with Gallurese [sdn]. Sardinian has 85% lexical similarity with Italian, 80% with French [fra], 78% with Portuguese [por], 76% with Spanish [spa], 74% with Romanian [ron] and Ladin [lld]. A member of macrolanguage Sardinian [srd].

Language Use

Some young people, all adults. Many children learn the language but stop using it at school age (Salminen 2007). Positive attitudes. Prestige is equal to Italian [ita] in some contexts, including writing. Also use Italian [ita]. Used as L2 by Catalan [cat].

Language Development

Growing movement to recognize Sardinian as part of linguistic and cultural heritage. Bible portions: 1858–1861.


Latin script [Latn].

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