Sicilian language course: Introduction

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According to G. Piccitto the orthography of the Sicilian language should be determined by the pronunciation of the spoken language.  This will all be well and good, but in any language we find dialects, or inflections and slang.

The Sicilian language is not immune of these problems, it has many, so called “parrati” that is dialects.  Words, many times, are different from one town to another and pronunciation vary a lot in many parts of the island.

Although many call the Sicilian language a dialect, it is not so. Sicilian is a language and as such it has its own dialects.  The only problem, and it is a big problem, is that we do not have written linguistic rules to assert the Sicilian language as the standard language of Sicily  

We have to have rules of grammar and of syntax where orthography and phonetic are an integral part of the process.

We have attempts at grammar and orthography, but not a full fledged study.

It is funny that foreigners have always taken an interest in our language, in our history, in our literature, in our traditions etc., while we Sicilians have always taken for granted what we have, to the point that our language is dying, and with it will die our past, our history.  I am sorry to say that this is simply shameful.

Here, I am going to try to write a brief course of Sicilian language to expose it to the Sicilians of the United States and even of Sicily, hoping that some will take  interest  in learning our language, not only how to speak it but, above all how, to write it. 

My attempt will be at establishing some rules on how to write a standard Sicilian, because Sicily is a country with its own language, its own government and its own laws, and while many other regions of Italy have already asserted their right to have their language considered the official language of their region, the Sicilians are still in a lethargic state, as usual, toward the mother land and what it represents.




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    I am very grateful for this site. It has helped me out a great deal. I would love to completely learn the language of my ‘nannavi’. What is the best book out there on the Sicilian language?

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bibliografia pi lu studiu du sicilianu Select Section Briscula 'n-cincu Carta Europea delle lingue regionali e minoritarie sicilia Corso di lingua e letteratura sicilianaCORSO di LINGUA e LETTERATURA SICILIANA Coordinato da Salvatore Di Marco Il dialetto siciliano fra le lingue dei popoli. conferenze tematiche. 1 - LINGUA E DIALE cultura popolare siciliana Cunta un cuntu detti siciliani dialetto Diffirenzi principali ntra i parrati siciliani: Varii diffirenzi fonuloggichi ibridismo e tautologia ibrida nel siciliano IL PROGETTO ABRACADABRA PER LA DIFFUSIONE DELLE LINGUE NON DOMINANTI NELLA SCUOLA Il Siciliano: Dialetto o lingua?lingua La lingua siciliana attraversu li seculi leggi per la tutela del siciliano Libbra in sicilianu Lingua madre Lingua Siciliana lingua siciliana propria Lingua Siciliana Unificata (LSU) linguistica NAT SCAMMACCA nel siciliano di Marco Scalabrino nuovo gruzzoletto di voci arabo - sicule Nutizii odissea traduzione in siciliano old french medeme in sicilian Per lo studio del siciliano e...chi vò cchiù? POEMS proverbi siciliani proverbs PUISII Select Category Select Section sicilia Sicilian language: an overview siciliano Si vutassi pi mia...inchiesta supra a pulitica linguistica in Siciliapolituca Siziuni Culturali Studi siciliani: lu discursu pi na cattrida univirsitaria teatro siciliano Tiatru i tradizioni culturali Tu i u sicilianu Ultimi nutizii Un cumpenniu di ortugrafia siciliana Compendio di lingua siciliano Universal declaration of linguistic rights

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