Sursilvan dialects (Romansh)

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Historical distribution of the dialects of Romansh, German, and Italian in Graubünden:
  Sursilvan

Sursilvan is a group of dialects of the Romansh language spoken in the Surselva, on the western bank of the Rhine. The most closely related variety is Sutsilvan, which is spoken in the area located to the east.

Example[edit]

A text in Sursilvan, in the standard language Rumantsch Grischun, as well as English.

Sursilvan[edit]

L'uolp era puspei inagada fomentada. Cheu ha ella viu sin in pégn in tgaper che teneva in toc caschiel en siu bec. Quei gustass a mi, ha ella tertgau, ed ha clamau al tgaper: "Tgei bi che ti eis! Sche tiu cant ei aschi bials sco tia cumparsa, lu eis ti il pli bi utschi da tuts".

Rumantsch Grischun[edit]

La vulp era puspè ina giada fomentada. Qua ha ella vis sin in pign in corv che tegneva in toc chaschiel en ses pichel. Quai ma gustass, ha ella pensà, ed ha clamà al corv: "Tge bel che ti es! Sche tes chant è uschè bel sco tia parita, lura es ti il pli bel utschè da tuts".

English[edit]

The fox was hungry once again. There he saw a raven upon a fir holding a piece of cheese in its beak. I could just eat that, it thought, and shouted at the raven: "You are so beautiful! If your singing is as beautiful as your looks, you are the most beautiful of all birds."

Literature[edit]

  • Gereon Janzing, Rätoromanisch Wort für Wort, Reise Know-How Verlag Rump, 2006. ISBN 3-89416-365-8 (Deals in spite of its title only with Sursilvan).
  • Alexi Decurtins, Niev vocabulari romontsch sursilvan - tudestg' / Neues rätoromanisches Wörterbuch surselvisch-deutsch, Chur 2001. ISBN 3-03900-999-0.
  • Vieli/Decurtins, Vocabulari tudestg - romontsch sursilvan, Lia Rumantscha, 1994.
  • Arnold Spescha, Grammatica sursilvana, Lehrmittelverlag Graubünden, Chur 1989. (This grammar is entirely written in Romansh.)

Sursilvan literature is published among others by the Lia Rumantscha in Chur.