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Ligurian

Source: A Compagna di Zoeni




Profile


Native Name
None

Total Speakers
500,000 in Italy (2002). Population total all countries: 505,100.


Usage By Country

Distinct varieties of Ligurian language are spoken in Italy (Liguria, Piedmont, Sardinia), southern France, the Principality of Monaco and historical destinations of Ligurian emigration worldwide, such as Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, USA and Canada.



Background

Ligurian is a Romance language of the Gallo-Italian group, indigenous to the region of Liguria, in today’s North-Western Italy.

It is spoken in several varieties, being Zeneize – the one of the city of Genoa – the most widespread and having the strongest literary traditions, besides its past fame as a commercial and nautical language throughout the Mediterranean in times of the now extinct Republic of Genoa. Alternate Names : Genoese (Zeneize), Ligurian (Zeneize) and Zeneize (Genoese-Ligurian).



Received 2/25/2014
Posted 2/25/2014
Checked 2/25/2014