Perspectives: Piedmontese, an endangered language

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Gianni Davico
Multilingual December 2009
Columns and Commentary

According to research by IRES (an independent public research institute), Piedmontese — the language of Piedmont, a region in the northwestern area of Italy — is spoken or at least well understood by over two million people ...

Perspectives
Piedmontese, an endangered language

GIANNI DAVICO

According to research by IRES (an independent public research institute), Piedmontese — the language of Piedmont, a region in the northwestern area of Italy — is spoken or at least well understood by over two million people, while another million people can understand it at least a bit. As normal for a minority language, the people who read and write it are fewer. There isn't a precise number, but my guess is a figure of around 100,000 people. These are actually huge numbers, placing it in the first spots in regional languages in Italy per number of speakers. It has also to be noted that, depending on definitions ... To read this entire article you must be a MultiLingual subscriber. For immediate access to the current issue, subscribe to the digital version. Already a subscriber?


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