Friulian is a Romance language with about 526,000 speakers in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of north-east Italy. There are Friulian speakers in the provinces of province of Udine, Pordenone, Gorizia and Trieste. Friulian is also know as eastern Ladin and is closely related to Ladin.
Until the 1960s, the Friulian-speaking areas were very poor and many Friulians emigrated to France, Belgium, and Switzerland, and also to Canada, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, the USA and South Africa.
Friulian started to appear in writing during the 11th century, and there is Friulian literature and poetry dating back to the early 14th century. In the 20th century there was a revival of interest in the language. It is taught in some schools and used, to a limited extent, in the media.
|A a||B b||C c||D d||E e||F f||G g||H h||I i||J j||L l|
|M m||N n||O o||P p||Q q||R r||S s||T t||U u||V v||Z z|
K (cape), W (vi dopli), X (ics) and Y (i grêc / ipsilon) are also used, but only in loan words.
Ducj i oms a nassin libars e compagns come dignitât e derits. A an sintiment e cussience e bisugne che si tratin un culaltri come fradis.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
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