10 Facts About Ladin language


Precise extension of the Ladin language area is a subject of scholarly debate.

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Standard variety of Ladin has been developed by the Office for Ladin Language Planning as a common communication tool across the whole Ladin-speaking region, but it is not popular among Ladin speakers.

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The varieties spoken by Ladin language municipalities are Venetian alpine dialects, which are grammatically no different to those spoken in municipalities that did not declare themselves as Ladin language.

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All Ladin language dialects spoken in the province of Belluno, including those in the former Tyrolean territories, enjoy a varying degree of influence from Venetian.

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Name derives from Latin, because Ladin is originally a Vulgar Latin language left over from the Romanized Alps.

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Whether a proto-Rhaeto-Romance language ever existed is controversially discussed amongst linguists and historians, a debate known as Questione Ladina.

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Ladin language is officially recognised in Trentino and South Tyrol by provincial and national law.

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The charter calls for minority rights to be respected and minority languages, to which Ladin belongs, to be appropriately protected and promoted.

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Names of the Ladin language dialects spoken in the Fassa Valley in Trentino are Moenat, Brach, and Cazet.

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In Western Trentino, in Non Valley, Val di Sole, Val di Peio, Val di Rabbi, and part of Val Rendena, detached from the dolomitic area, dialects are spoken that are often considered to be part of the Ladin language, but enjoy strong influences from Trentinian and Eastern Lombard dialects.

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