Dalmatian (langa Dalmata)

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.

Dalmatian alphabet and pronunciation

Dalmatian alphabet and pronunciation


Sample text in Dalmatian (The Lord's Prayer)

Tuòta nuéster che te sante intél sil, sait santificuót el nàum to, vigna el ràigno to, sait fuót la volmituót tóa, còisa in sil, cóisa in tiara. Duóte cost dai el pun nuéster cotidiùn, e remetiaj le nuéstre debéte, còisa nojiltri remetiàime a i nuéstri debetuar, e naun ne menùr in tentatiaun, miu deliberiajne dal mal. Cóisa sait.

Source: https://dalmatianlanguage.simplesite.com/438011511

Information supplied by Michael Peter Füstumum

Spoken samples in Dalmatian

Information about Dalmatian | Numbers in Dalmatian


Information about the Dalmatian language

Romance languages

Aragonese, Aranese, Aromanian, Asturian, Catalan, Corsican, Dalmatian, Emilian-Romagnol, Extremaduran, Fala, Franco-Provençal, French, Friulian, Galician, Gallo, Gascon, Genoese, Guernésiais, Istro-Romanian, Istriot, Italian, Jèrriais, Ladino, Ladin, Ligurian, Lombard, Lorrain, Megleno-Romanian, Mirandese, Moldovan, Monégasque, Mozarabic, Neapolitan, Occitan, Occitan (Auvergnat), Occitan (Languedocien), Occitan (Limousin), Occitan (Provençal), Picard, Piedmontese, Portuguese, Romanian, Romansh, Sardinian, Sicilian, Spanish, Valencian, Venetian, Walloon

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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