Italian dialects were
spoken in Italy a few hundred years ago. Some survive and are still spoken
today. The "dialect" of
Tuscany has evolved, with some changes, into the national language of Italy. In researching your Italian Family
Tree you may find records written in the local dialect of your ancestors.
Most dialects of Italy have been recorded and archived in various types of
Italian Dictionaries but not many are available online via the
Internet. This is a partial list only, if you find your ancestors
"Italian Dialect" Dictionary Online, send me the link and I will add
it to the Dialects of Italy links below in hopes that it will aid you and other
researchers to better understand your Italian
Ancestor's Archives. At the end you will find links for Italian
for Beginners and Italian Proverbs, which you can use to teach yourself the standard Italian used
in most of Italy
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The Dialects of Italian - Maps and descriptions of the major Italian dialect regions. Also contains a summary of the major characteristics of urban dialects from Milan to Naples by Claudio Salvucci and Anthony Schiavo.
Italian Dialect Poetry by Luigi Bonaffini - dedicated to the great tradition of Italian Dialect Poetry, which is presently undergoing a huge revival. Includes sound clips of many of the Regional Dialects of Italy.
Dizionario dei dialetti d'Italia - In Italian covers a variety of areas in Calabria, Como, Cozenza, Latina, Lecce, Pescara, Salerno, Siracusa, Vercelli and more added periodically.
The Lords Prayer - in Latin, Ligurian, Milanese, Piedmontese, Venetan and others in the Gallo-Romance Subgroup.
LINGUA SICILIANA: Siciliano Lingua Viva - Tutte le informazioni possibili e immaginabili sulla Lingua Siciliana: origini, storia, evoluzione, grammatica, fonologia, diffusione, vocabolari by Giusi La Tona