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Corsica Island Province of France

Corsica Island and its Language

Corsican, also known as Corsu or Lingua Corsa is a romance language spoken on the island of Corsica.  This is spoken alongside French, which is the official language of the island.

Corsican has strong similarities to Italian and in particular the dialects of Italian from Tuscany.  Most linguists consider this as a Tuscan dialect, as it is the closest to the modern Italian spoken in Tuscany.

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Language in Corsica Province of France

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 Ligurian.

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 century.

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