Languages

Sardinian, Sassarese

Fact corner

  • Language: Sardinian, Sassarese
  • Alternate names: Northwestern Sardinian, Sassarese
  • SIL-code: Ethnologue:sdc
  • Language family: Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Southern, Sardinian
  • Number of speakers: 100,000 (Language use: Threatened)
  • Script: Latin

Introduction

Sardinian Sassarese is a Romance language spoken and written on the island of Sardinia (Italy). Since 1997, the island's languages have been recognized and protected by regional and national laws.

Sassarese is influenced by modern Ligurian (not to be confused with the extinct Ligurian language) and Pisan dialect of Italian.

There are several written standards, most recently the Limba Sarda Comuna (Common Sardinian Language), have been created in an attempt to unify the different variants of Sardinian.

The verb

The Sardinian Sassarese' verb is conjugated in

  • 4 moods: indicative, subjunctive, conditional, and imperative;
  • 4 tenses: present, preterite, imperfect, and future;
  • 2 numbers: singular and plural;
  • 3 persons.

Conjugation of the Regular verb 'lauare'

Indicative Present
Sg.1labu
Sg.2labi
Sg.3laba
Pl.1labɛmmu
Pl.2labeddi
Pl.3labani
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