Paolo speaking Emilian

Published January 20, 2020

This video was recorded by Paolo in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. Emilian is spoken by as many as 1.3 million people, primarily in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. The language is part of the broader Emilian-Romagnol dialect continuum, which includes Bolognese, Ferrarese, Modenese, Parmigiano, Piacentino, and Reggiano. Paolo's variety of Emilian is spoken between the cities of Castellarano, Sassuolo and Rubiera. Though more widely used as an oral language, Emilian is also expressed in the form of poetry and more recently, new media. A grammar and lexicography have also been published. It is written with the Latin alphabet, albeit without a standard orthography. It is a Gallo-Romance language within the Italic branch of the Indo-European language family.

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