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About the story
What’s with this “Wren” thing?
   The oldest extant version of the fable we are presenting here appeared in 1913 in the first volume of a two-volume anthology of Low Saxon folktales (Plattdeutsche Volksmärchen “Low German Folktales”) collected by Wilhelm Wisser (1843–1935). Read more ...



An island of rugged beauty, Sardina is home to
unique language and culture.

Language information: Sardinian is used on the island of Sardinia, Italy. The written language is traditionally divided into the two macro-varieties Logudorese (Northern variety) and Campidanese (Southern variety). The spoken language features a wider range of sub-groups within the two, language and pronunciation often differing from one village to the other. Traditional language maps are drawn with a line that runs above the town Cabras on the West coast to Baunei on the East coast, thus dividing the Logudorese and the Campidanese. However, all distinguishing dialectal features do not follow the same clear-cut boundary. Sardinian got official language status in 1999. There are several attempts to create a standard for written language. April 2006 the regional government published the proposal Limba Sarda Comuna, expected to be used in official documents.
     ALL languages and dialects are beautiful, precious gifts. So cherish yours and others! Share them with the world!Other varieties of Sardinian are: Algherese Catalan, Tabarkino, belonging to the Ligurian varieties, and Gallurese and Sassarese, both with strong influences from Tuscan and Corsican. Varieties in the extreme north of Sardinia are often referred to as “Corso-Sardinian” and are considered dialects of Corsican rather than of Sardinian by some linguists.
     Sardinian has been said to be one of the most conservative Modern Romance languages in that it has preserved numerous Latin words and features that have been replaced in related Romance languages. However, more recent investigations have challenged this old claim, a claim apparently based upon selective, scant dialect material that supported what seems to have been no more than a hypothesis submitted by eminent scholars of the time. It should be noted that Sardinian is rather innovative in terms of phonological processes, such as converting /ll/ and /ld/ to retroflex “d”.

Genealogy: Indo-European > Romance > Italo-Western > Italo-Dalmatian > Southern

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Authors: Lone Elisabeth Olesen and Reinhard F. Hahn

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