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CORSICA
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Corsican dialectsCorsican dialectsPhoto: Maksim CC 3.0 Unported no changes made

In Corsica the main language is of course French, although with a clear accent. The real, often somewhat older, Corsicans talk to each other in Corsican, which is a mixture of French, especially Italian and Latin. Due to the long Italian rule (Genoa and Pisa), people spoke pre-Latin in Corsica and then New Latin. That formed the basis of today's Corsican. Although the number of people speaking Corsican is declining, it is estimated that about 65% of the population still speaks the language. Since 1974 it has had the status of a regional language and is even taught at the University of Corte.

The following examples clearly show that Corsican is strongly influenced by Italian.

EnglishCorsicanItaliaanFrench
oneunuunoun
fourquattruquattroquatre
eightottuottohuit
twentyvintiventivingt
good daybunghjornubuongiornobonjour
goodbyea venicciarrivederciau revoir
thank yougraziegraziemerci
seamaremaremer

Sources

Corsica
Lannoo

Corsica
Lonely Planet

Corsica
Touring/Lannoo

Driessen, J.W. / Corsica
Elmar

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Last updated January 2023
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