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Extinct: no
Family: Indo-European
Branch: Romance
Continent: Europe
Country: Italy
 
Region: LOGUDORESE: Central Sardinia. CAMPIDANESE: Southern Sardinia. GALLURESE: Gallurese is in northeastern Sardinia. SASSARESE: Northwestern Sardinia.
Countries Where Spoken: LOGUDORESE: 1,500,000 including all Sardinian languages (1977 M. Ibba, Rutgers University). CAMPIDANESE: No estimate available. GALLURESE: No estimate available. SASSARESE: No estimate available.
Countries Where Official: Italy
   
Native Speakers: 1,500,000
Speakers Total: 1,500,000
  
Phrasebase members who speak Sardinian at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Sardinian at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Sardinian: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Sardinian: 0
  
Three Letter Code: SRD
Alternative Names: SARD, SARDARESE, LOGUDORESE, CENTRAL SARDINIAN, SARDU, CAMPIDANESE, CAMPIDESE, SOUTH SARDINIAN, NORTHEASTERN SARDINIAN, GALLURESE, NORTHWESTERN SARDINIAN, SASSARESE.
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Summary: LOGUDORESE: No one form of Sardinian is selected as standard for literary purposes. Logudorese is quite different from other Sardinian varieties. 68% lexical similarity with Standard Italian, 73% with Sassarese and Cagliarese, 70% with Gallurese. "Sardinian" has 85% lexical similarity with Italian, 80% with French, 78% with Portuguese, 76% with Spanish, 74% with Rumanian and Rheto-Romance. Italian is used for literary and teaching purposes. Farmers and housewives over 35 use almost no Italian. Sardinian is in general use in central and southern areas. It has prestige equal to Italian in some contexts including writing. There is a growing movement to recognize Sard as an important part of their linguistic and cultural heritage. Christian. Bible portions 1858-1861. CAMPIDANESE: Cagliaritan is the dialect of Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia. Campidanese is quite distinct from the other Sardinian languages. Cagliare has 62% lexical similarity with Standard Italian, 73% with Logudorese, 66% with Gallurese. It is in general use in the south. A movement is growing to recognize Sard as an important part of their linguistic and cultural heritage. Bible portions 1860-1900. GALLURESE: 83% lexical similarity with Standard Italian; 81% with Sassarese; 70% with Logudorese, 66% with Cagliare. A growing movement to recognize Sard as an important part of their cultural and linguistic heritage. Influenced by Corsican and Tuscan (Standard Italian). They call Campidanese and Logudorese "Sard", and the people "Sards", but do not include themselves or their language in those terms. Bible portions 1861-1862. SASSARESE: 81% lexical similarity with Gallurese, 76% with Standard Italian. There is a growing movement to recognize Sard as an important part of their cultural and linguistic heritage. Influenced by Ligurian and Pisan (Pisa, northwest coast of Italy). They call Campidanese and Logudorese "Sard", and the people "Sards", but do not include themselves or their language in those terms. Bible portions 1863-1866.
 

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