Jacopo speaking Lombard

This video was recorded in Lombardy, Italy. Lombard is a language belonging to the Cisalphine language group of the Romance languages. There are around 3.9 million native speakers, primarily in Northern Italy and Southern Switzerland. The word "Lombard" is derived from "Longobard(us)", the name of a Germanic tribe which lived in central and northern Italy between about 600-800 AD. Lombard has never been recognized in Italy or Switzerland, but of recent years it has begun to be recognized as a separate language by linguists. Although it is not currently taught in schools, activists have been trying to have it introduced into primary schools.