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Ancia en puoc furlan

It's not often you find out about languages from signs on sandwich bar doors, but a sign reading "Ancia en puoc furlan" pointed us at a romance language from north east Italy.

Spoken by half-a-million people in and around Venice, Furlan (or Friulian) is just about readable with a little Latin or Italian knowledge. It's interesting to see how languages have evolved from Latin - there's an interesting path to be traced from Vulgar Latin (and Italian) to Furlan to Romansh to French.

And no - it's not the language of the Minbari religious caste


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Feb. 22nd, 2005 01:46 pm (UTC)
One morning on the train I caught a glimpse of a fellow-commuter's newspaper, and was surprised that I could understand the headlines although I couldn't at first identify the language... it turned out to be Romanian.
Feb. 22nd, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
So you'd feel right at home here: Gardianul
Feb. 22nd, 2005 02:44 pm (UTC)
The particular situation of the Fruilian language has interested me: So close to forming the linchpin of a non-Italian identity, yet so far.
Feb. 22nd, 2005 05:01 pm (UTC)
I particularly liked the tentative nature - I'm sure it's not 'we speak' but 'we have a few words of'
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