Venetian is a Romance language spoken by about 2 million people mainly in Venice and the surrounding area, and also in Trieste, Croatia, Slovenia, Mexico and Brazil. The language is more closely related to French and Spanish than it is to Italian.
When Venice was an independent republic (between the 9th and 18th centuries), the Venetian language enjoyed considerable prestige. However literary Venetian lost out to the Tuscan dialect, which eventually became the national language of Italy.
Today Venetian has no official status in Italy but is recognised by the Regional Council of Vèneto. It is used mainly in informal contexts. In parts of Brazil the Talian dialect of Venetian holds co-official status with Portuguese.
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Tuti i eseri umani xe nati liberi e conpagni par dignità e diriti. I xe dotai de raxon e de cosiensa e i deve conportarse i uni co st'altri c spirito de fradelana.
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)
Grafia Veneta Unitaria
el Galepin - Venetian - Italian - English dictionary
Raixe Venete - el jornale dei Veneti (online Venetian newspaper)
Short stories in Venetian
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