Dalmatian was a Romance language spoken mainly in the Dalmatia region of Croatia until the end of the 19th century. It was spoken along the coast of Croatia from Fiume (now Rijeka) to Cottora (Kotor). The last native speaker, Tuone Udaina, died in 1898. The Ragusan dialect of Dalmatian was the official language of the Republic of Ragusa, which was centered on the city of Dubrovnik. Ragusa was the Dalmatian name for Dubrovnik.
Dalmatian developed from the Latin brought to the area by Romans, who conquered the region, which they called Illyria, between 229 and 155 BC.
Before the last speaker of Dalmatian died, a scholar called Matteo Bartoli documented Dalmatian words, stories and other material, and published them in a book with information about the vocabulary, phonology and grammar of Dalmatian. A German version of the book, Das Dalmatische, was published in 1906, and it was translated into Italian in 2001.
Tuota nuester, che te sante intel sil, sait santificuot el naum to, vigna el raigno to, sait fuot la voluntuot toa, coisa in sil, coisa in tiara. Duote cost dai el pun nuester cotidiun. E remetiaj le nuestre debete, coisa nojiltri remetiaime a i nuestri debetuar, e naun ne menur in tentatiaun, mui deliberiajne dal mul. Coisa sait.
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Information about the Dalmatian language
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