Venetian is a Romance language spoken by about 2 million people mainly in
Venice and the surrounding area, and also in Trieste, Croatia, Slovenia, Mexico
and Brazil. The language is more closely related to French and Spanish than it
is to Italian.
When Venice was an independent republic (between the 9th and 18th centuries),
the Venetian language enjoyed considerable prestige. However literary Venetian
lost out to the Tuscan dialect, which eventually became the national language
Today Venetian has no official status in Italy but is recognised by the Regional
Council of Vèneto. It is used mainly in informal contexts. In the municipality
of Serafina Corrêa in Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil the Talian dialect of Venetian
holds co-official status with Portuguese.
èle evanes- jente
Venetian pronunciation (Grafia Veneta Unitaria)
There is more than one way to write some letters.
c = [ʧ] before e or i, [k] elsewhere
g = [ʤ] before e or i, [g] elsewhere
n = [ŋ] before a consonant and at the end of words
Sample text in Venetian (Venice dialect)
Tuti i eseri umani (i) xe nai (ƚ)iberi e conpagni par dignità
e diriti. I xe dotai de raxon e de cosiensa e i gà da conportarse i uni
co i altri co spirito de fradeƚansa.
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)