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Sardinian (sardu)

Sardinian is a Romance language with about 1.2 million speakers in Sardinia. There are four dialects of Sardinian: Logudorese (Logudorian), Campidanese (Campidanian), Gallurese (Gallurian) and Sassarese (Sassarian).

Sardinian is a descendant of the ancient form of Latin brought to Sardinia by the Romans in 238 BC. Between the 14th and 17th centuries, Catalan and Spanish were the languages of administration in Sardinia. In 1714 Italian became the official and literary language in Sardinia, and the Italian authorities looked down on the Sardinian language.

Sardinian first started to appear in writing in 1080 AD. A standard written version of Sardinian, Limba Sarda Comuna (LSC) was published by the Ufitziu de sa Limba Sarda (Office of the Sardinian Language), in 2001. This was adopted by the Autonomous Region of Sardinia in 2006 as the co-official institutional language for the Region.

Sardinian alphabet (Campidanese dilaect)

A a B b C c Ç ç D d E e F f G g H h
a bi ci ci
di e ef(f)a gi/gei àca/aca
I i J j K k L l M m N n O o P p R r
i ai long /
capa ella emma enna o pi erra
S s T t Tz tz U u V v X x Y y Z z  
essa ti tizeta u vu scéscia /
i arega zeta  

Sardinian pronunciation

Sardinian pronunciation

Sample text in Sardinian

Totu sos èsseres umanos naschint lìberos e eguales in dinnidade e in deretos. Issos tenent sa resone e sa cussèntzia e depent operare s'unu cun s'àteru cun ispìritu de fraternidade.


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)

Sample video in Sardinian (Nuorese dialect)

Information about Sardinian | Sardinian phrases


Information about Sardinian

Ditzionàriu Online - dictionary of the Sardinian language.

Recordings of Sardinian

Sardinian phrases

Romance languages

Aragonese, Aranese, Aromanian, Asturian, Catalan, Corsican, Dalmatian, Emilian-Romagnol, Extremaduran, Fala, Franco-Provençal, French, Friulian, Galician, Gallo, Genoese, Guernésiais, Istriot, Italian, Jèrriais, Ladino, Ladin, Lombard, Megleno-Romanian, Mirandese, Moldovan, Monégasque, Occitan, Picard, Piedmontese, Portuguese, Romanian, Romansh, Sardinian, Sicilian, Spanish, Venetian, Walloon

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet

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