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
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. There is no standard
spelling system for the language.
ai long / jota
scéscia / scesça
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)