Slavomolisano

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A language of Italy

Alternate Names
Croato molisano, Molise Croatian, Molise Slavic, Naš jezik, Slavic of Molise
Population

1,000 (2012 W. Breu). 1,000 speakers among 2,300 inhabitants of the 3 villages, plus a number in expatriate communities (Salminen 2007). Ethnic population: 2,000 ( W. Breu).

Location

Southern Molise Region, Campobasso province, Montemitro, San Felice del Molise, and Acquaviva-Collecroce villages.

Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Language Use

Efforts made to revive Slavomolisano literature use. For many bilingual speakers, it is still the dominant language in everyday use (2012 W. Breu). Most children have not spoken Slavomolisano since 1990. Also use Italian [ita].

Language Development
Poetry.
Other Comments

Descendants of 15th and 16th century Croatian refugees. Christian.