—In the Spotlight—
Dolomitic Ladin is a group of Rhaeto-Romance varieties with several conservative features, spoken in five alpine valleys around the Sella massif in the Dolomites: Val Gardena/Gherdëina and Val Badia in the province of Bolzano/Bozen, Val di Fassa/Fascia in the province of Trento, and Livinallongo/Fodom, Colle Santa Lucia/Col, and Ampezzo/Anpezo in the province of Belluno. Read more
Before being a place or country, we are all inhabitants of a language. It is that, above all else, which shapes and which defines us. When a language dies, a world dies too. When a language resists, diversity, multiplicity, and the richness of human being resist as well.
These sounds evoke in me emotions that only exist because of my language. The world would not be the same if I could not express it in these words and through this music.
Languages are like canaries in a coal mine: a state of language endangerment signals an environmental concern.
For every language that becomes extinct, an image of man disappears.
When a language dies, a way of understanding the world dies with it, a way of looking at the world.
I speak my favourite language, because that’s who I am. We teach our children our favourite language, because we want them to know who they are.
If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.
How many languages can a child learn? As many as you will take the time to teach them.