Ladin

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Ladin (Ladino in Italian, Ladin in Ladin, Ladinisch in German) is a group of dialects (which some consider part of a unitary Rhaeto-Romance language) spoken in the Dolomite Mountains in Northern Italy in the border regions of the provinces Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol and Veneto. It is closely related to the Swiss Romansh, Surselvan and Friulian.

Ladin should not be confused with Ladino (also called Judaeo-Spanish), which is a Romance dialect of Spanish, with Hebrew, Turkish and Greek influences.

It is spoken in:

The Ladin spoken in the Fassa Valley (Ladin Val de Fascia, Italian Val di Fassa) is also subdivided into two further branches: "Cazét" (pronounced [kazɛt]) is spoken in the northern half of the valley, whereas "Brach" (pronounced [brak]) is spoken in the southern half. For example, in Cazét water is "ega" ("e" pronounced /ɛ/), whereas in Brach it is "aga".

It is officially recognized in Italy and has some official rights in the region of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol, while it does not have official status in the province of Belluno (Veneto region).

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