Sardinian, Campidanese


A language of Italy

Alternate Names
Campidanese, Campidese, Sardu, South Sardinian

500,000 (Salminen 2007).


Sardinia region: southern half of Sardinia island.

Language Status

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


Cagliare (Cagliari, Cagliaritan), Arborense, Sub-Barbaricino, Western Campidenese, Central Campidanese, Ogliastrino, Sulcitano, Meridionale, Sarrabense. 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). Some young people, all adults.

Language Development

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


Latin script [Latn].

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