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"Italian is descended from Latin. Unlike most other Romance languages, Italian retains Latin's contrast between short and long consonants. As in most Romance languages, stress is distinctive." Speling12345 (talk) 8:50, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

Italian is a recognized[edit]

Italian is a recognized minority language in Israel. Speling12345 (talk) 8:52, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

Italian in other countries[edit]

That vandalizer proves he knows very well. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 203.87.133.107 (talk) 10:04, 18 February 2014 (UTC)

ITALIAN IST THE 4TH MOST STUDIED LANGUAGE IN THE WORLD, EVEN MORE THAN GERMAN[edit]

http://becomingitalianwordbyword.typepad.com/becomingitalian/2014/06/italian-is-the-fourth-most-studied-language-in-the-world.html — Preceding unsigned comment added by 176.46.203.98 (talk) 18:30, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

Correction request ("Phonology" section)[edit]

Romanian viațǎ is irrelevant for the comparison of the outcomes of "vīta", because it is deemed to be descended from *vīvitia http://m.dexonline.ro/definitie/via%C8%9B%C4%83 (vīta would have simply given vitǎ). 37.190.148.74 (talk) 00:40, 9 July 2014 (UTC)

Standard Italian[edit]

The article rightly states that 'standard Italian', based on Tuscan, was adopted by the State after Italy unification (1861). That may give the impression that before 1861 standard Italian was not in use. That's wrong. Actually, standard Italian had been adopted by all pre-unitarian Italian States as official language since centuries, and was then used even beyond the current boundaries of the Italian republic, for instance in Corsica, in the region of Nice, in Istria, in Malta. Only two areas of current Italy did not have standard Italian as official language: Aosta valley (which used French) and South Tyrol (province of Bolzano), which had German (except for very few areas, where German shared its status with Italian). The last region of Italy to adopt officially standard Italian was Sardinia, in 1721. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 167.9.5.11 (talk) 16:21, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

Actually, the Tuscan and Southern dialects of Italian were used in Malta.

Map[edit]

The world map, with all those countries in light blue, seems a bit excessive. Instead, it would be better to use green squares to denote expatriate communities like in other language articles. Califate123! (talk) 15:19, 26 October 2014 (UTC)

I agree. The map, quite frankly, borders on the ridiculous in claiming everything from Canada to Bulgaria as italophone countries. As nobody has contested this for several months, I'm removing the map.Jeppiz (talk) 14:29, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

History of the Italian language[edit]

There should be a specific article about History of Italian. The history of many languages are listed in {{Language histories}}, but Italian is missing. Italian is a relevant language and should have an article for his history. Currently, the link to the history present in {{Italian language}} redirects to a section of this main article.

The current section is not smaller than other articles about the history of a language, but it can be expanded. Some parts are still incomplete. The article says that in 1861, only 2.5% of the Italian population could speak the language, but it does not explain how the language became spoken by almost the entire population (59 million speakers).

The phonological history is not presented in the article. This part should be written and presented in the article as well. It should present the sound changes that Italian has undergone since Vulgar Latin.

The history of the orthography is another thing that could be added.

Some resources:

Torneira (talk) 20:56, 12 February 2015 (UTC)