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Help Save Italy’s Dialects!
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Help Save Italy’s Dialects!

Deep in the Apennine mountains of southern Italy, in a region that you’ve probably never heard of, at a university you’ve probably never heard of, there’s small research institute that’s tasked with the enormous mission of documenting and preserving the dozens of local languages spoken in the region of Basilicata. The region of Basilicata. There were once hundreds of local languages—called “dialects”—throughout the Italian peninsula and its surrounding islands. Every isolated mountaintop village, every countryside hamlet had their own language that reflect their unique history of political influence, contact with foreign invaders, and culture. But ever since the Unification of Italy in 1861, the Italian state has promoted literacy rates in standard Italy to the great expense of Ita...
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