Alghero, the Sardinian Catalonia

The Catalan language has several peculiarities. One of them is that Catalan language is spoken in Italy too, precisely in Alghero, Sardinia. This Catalonian song called “Des de Mallorca al Alguer” sings: “Des de Mallorca a l’Alguer, tots parlem el mateix” (from Majorca to Alghero, we all speak the same way). In fact, there is a […]

The ancient Italian heritage: the ruins of Rome

Italy is home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites recognized by UNESCO with 51 sites plus 2 of Vatican City situated within Rome, followed by China (50), Spain (45),  France (42),  Germany (41), India (35) and Mexico (34). Even if Rome today is facing a decadent period where political crisis are commonplace from the point of view of the tourism it remains an […]

France: Cultural Richness

France, thanks to its unique heritage of art, culture and history, is one of the most famous countries around the World. Each 13 regions have unique features (think for example about the differences between Burgundy, well known all over the world for its top wine production and Corsica the island in the Mediterranean Sea above Sardinia famous […]

The Indo-European languages

Are modern languages descended from a common ancestor? Common features, especially common words, shared by many of the languages used in Europe, India, and Asia, led scholars to believe that these languages may have developed from the same source. That source language was never written down and is now extinct, but it has a name: […]

Revived and saved languages

An attempt to save a language from extinction or endangerment is a process called language revitalization or revival. Reasons for a language disappearing are usually domination of national language imposed by a state, decreasing number of native speakers, failure of passing it on to younger generations, etc. The need for language revival comes from cultural identity […]

Languages derived from Latin

Romance languages is group of related languages all derived from Vulgar Latin, which was an ancient Italic language of the Indo-European family. The major languages of the family include French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Romanian, all national languages. The number of Romance languages varies due to the notoriously imprecise boundary between language and dialect. The […]