Central Italian

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Central Italian
italiano centrale
Native toItaly
RegionLazio, Umbria, central Marche, the far south of Tuscany, and a small part of Abruzzo
Native speakers
~3,000,000 (2006)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Linguasphere51-AAA-ra ... -rba
Central Italian Dialects.svg
Central Italian dialects[2][3][4][5]
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Central Italian as part of the centro-southern Italian languages
  Middle Italian
  Intermediate Southern Italian
  Extreme Southern Italian

Central Italian (italiano centrale or mediano) is a group of Italo-Dalmatian Romance lects spoken in central Italy in Lazio, Umbria, central Marche, the far south of Tuscany, and a small part of Abruzzo. The differences between these dialects are slight, mainly in inflection and stress of certain words.

Central Italian dialects are closely related to and mutually intelligible with Tuscan, on which Standard Italian was based. Although a few isoglosses cross the area, no firm demarcating lines have been established between them, effectively making them a one wider dialect continuum.

The following dialects are part of the Central Italian group:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Star Crazy (June 18, 2011). "ISTAT 2006". ISTAT. Retrieved February 10, 2017.
  2. ^ Ali, Linguistic atlas of Italy
  3. ^ (in Italian) Linguistic cartography of Italy by Padova University Archived May 6, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Italian dialects by Pellegrini Archived 2005-11-07 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ AIS, Sprach-und Sachatlas Italiens und der Südschweiz, Zofingen 1928-1940

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