Dalmatian language

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Dalmatian (or Dalmata) is an extinct Romance language formerly spoken in the Dalmatia region of Croatia, and as far south as Kotor in Montenegro. The name refers to a pre-Roman tribe of the Illyrian linguistic group, Dalmatae. The Ragusan dialect of Dalmatian was the official language of the Republic of Ragusa – although the majority of its inhabitants spoke Croatian or Italian.

Dalmatian speakers lived in the coastal towns: Zadar, Trogir, Split, Dubrovnik, and Kotor (Jadera, Tragur, Spalatro, Raugia and Cattaro), each of these cities having a local dialect, and on the islands of Krk, Cres and Rab (Vikla, Crepsa and Arba).

Some enthusiasts today are attempting to revive the Dalmatian language, using the Vegliot dialect.[1]

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Dialects

Almost every city developed its own dialect; however, most disappeared before they were recorded, so the only trace of these ancient dialects is some words borrowed into local dialects of today's Croatia.

Ragusan Dialect

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