In the Spotlight

Languages Involved

Gardenese and Badiot Results Fodom Results Fassano Results Mòcheno Results Cimbrian Results


The Cimbrian language belongs to the Southern Bavarian group. The first settlements of Germanic origin in the Cimbrian area, located between Veneto and Trentino, can be traced back to the eleventh century. Read more

Dolomitic Ladin

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


The Mòcheno language, a Germanic variety belonging to the group of Southern Bavarian dialects, is spoken in the Fersina Valley of Trentino, situated about 30 kilometers east of the city of Trento. Read more

  • Gianni Biondillo

    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.

    Gianni Biondillo
  • Aline Suter

    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.

    Aline Suter
  • Nettle & Romaine

    Languages are like canaries in a coal mine: a state of language endangerment signals an environmental concern.

    Nettle & Romaine
  • Octavio Paz

    For every language that becomes extinct, an image of man disappears.

    Octavio Paz
  • George Steiner

    When a language dies, a way of understanding the world dies with it, a way of looking at the world.

    George Steiner
  • Christine Johnson

    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.

    Christine Johnson
  • Nelson Mandela

    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.

    Nelson Mandela
  • Jim Rohn

    How many languages can a child learn? As many as you will take the time to teach them.

    Jim Rohn

What does CLaM 2021 stand for?

The CLaM 2021 research project (Cimbrian, Ladin, Mòcheno 2021) focuses on examining language usage practices and attitudes towards minority languages among residents of the linguistic minority municipalities in the Adige region.


CLaM 2021 (Cimbrian Ladin Mòcheno 2021) is a sociolinguistic study that explores language usage practices, linguistic competencies, and the attitudes of residents towards the minority languages spoken in the Atesina area's linguistic minority communities.


The survey involved the use of a questionnaire with approximately 40 questions presented to the residents of the Cimbrian, Mòcheno, and Ladin communities in Trentino-South Tyrol and Veneto to investigate their language usage practices, competencies, and linguistic attitudes.


Our group comprises linguists who specialise in sociolinguistics and minority languages, as well as single leaders of Cimbrian, Ladin, and Mòcheno cultural institutes in Trentino, South Tyrol, and Veneto.

residents from the Cimbrian municipalities have completed the questionnaire
residents from the Ladin municipalities have completed the questionnaire
residents from the Mòcheno municipalities have completed the questionnaire