But unfortunately, the Corsican language is currently in danger
of becoming extinct, yet in recent years, greater protection for the continuation of this
language has been discussed as part of proposals for the increased autonomy of the region
of Corsica from France.
A similar dialect to Corsican is also spoken to some extent in Sassari and in the Gallura
area of Sardinia an island related to Italy.
The language has several dialects including Northern Corsican, spoken in the Bastia and
Corte area, and Southern Corsican, which is spoken around Sartene and Porto-Vecchio, but
the Ajaccio dialect has been described as in transition.
The dialects spoken at Calvi and Bonifacio are closer to the Genoa dialect, also known as
The Corsican language is a key vehicle for Corsican culture, which is rich in
proverbs. Corsica also has a long tradition of polyphonic singing, which is thought
to have evolved from similar traditions on the Italian mainland and dates back to the 16th