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|Region||Lazio, Umbria, central Marche, the far south of Tuscany, and a small part of Abruzzo|
Central Italian as part of the centro-southern Italian languages
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:
- Marchigiano (central part of Marche)
- Umbrian dialects (Umbria)
- Sabino (L'Aquila and Province of Rieti)
- Tuscia dialect (Tuscia, northern part of Latium)
- Romanesco (Metropolitan City of Rome Capital)
- Castelli Romani dialect (Castelli Romani)
- Ciociaro (Ciociaria, southern part of Latium)
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