Friulian is a Romance language with about 526,000 speakers in the
Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of north-east Italy. There are Friulian
speakers in the provinces of province of Udine, Pordenone, Gorizia and
Trieste. Friulian is also know as eastern Ladin and is closely related
Until the 1960s, the Friulian-speaking areas were very poor and many
Friulians emigrated to France, Belgium, and Switzerland, and also to Canada,
Australia, Argentina, Brazil, the USA and South Africa.
Friulian started to appear in writing during the 11th century, and
there is Friulian literature and poetry dating back to the early 14th
century. In the 20th century there was a revival of interest in the
language. It is taught in some schools and used, to a limited extent, in
K (cape), W (vi dopli), X (ics) and Y (i grêc / ipsilon) are also used, but only in loan words.
- c = [ ʧ ] or [ s ] before i, e or j, [ k ] elsewhere.
- g = [ ʤ ] before i, e, j or n, [ g ] elsewhere.
- n = [ ŋ ] at the ends of words.
- q is only used in a few words and place names.
- s = [ z ] between vowels. In some dialects it is pronounced [ ʃ ].
Sample text in Friulian
Ducj i oms a nassin libars e compagns come dignitât e derits.
A an sintiment e cussience e bisugne che si tratin un culaltri come fradis.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Useful phrases in Friulian
Information about the Friulian language
Radio Onde Furlane
Online Friulian magazines
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet