speakers make up less than 1% of Swiss population and their numbers continue to decline.
Switzerland's anthem has different lyrics in French, German, Italian and Romansh
, while South Africa''s uses five of the country''s eleven languages all in the same song.
The authors have chosen to use the most common definition: "[a] dialect is a 'variant' of a language" and point out that the Romance languages (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Friulian, Sardinian, Romansh
, and a few others) "turn out, in effect, to be modern-day 'variants' of Vulgar Latin (VL)" (11).
Constructions containing the verb with the meaning 'come' have spread in Scandinavian languages and Romansh
dialects (Dahl 2000a: 320).
Now, the last time Gossip yodelled its way through the goatherds on the grassy uplands of the land famous for its clocks and cheese we encountered many speakers of Switzerland's main languages of German, French and Italian, and possibly, even, Romansh
, but definitely no Swiss speakers.
Four languages are spoken by the Swiss people: German (74%), French (20%), Italian (4%) and Romansh
Most songs are now sung in English but there have been some niche languages heard at the Eurovision, including Romansh
which is spoken by only 35,000 people and was sung by the Swiss act in 1989.
His native language was Romansh
, but he conducted his affairs in Latin, German, French, and Italian.
The north, peopled by German or Swiss-German speaking people of the Lutheran persuasion, is a bit richer than the south, a region of peasants speaking French, Italian, or Romansh
, all Catholics.
17) One of the official languages is also Romansh
with, 50-70 000 speakers.
Switzerland is divided into 20 cantons (states) and there are four official languages - German, French, Italian and Romansh
, a form of vulgar Latin.
French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, English, and Italian), WLT has expanded its purview to include, for example, Estonian, Frisian, Ladino, Occitan, Romansh
, Tagalog, Urdu, Yiddish, and even Esperanto, a synthetic language that has fallen short of the expectations of its ambitious founders, who sought to create a universal language.
In Switzerland, for example, where the official languages are German, French, Italian, and Romansh
, students are required to learn as many as four languages by the time they enter high school.
The folk of Schwytz are said to have come originally from Schweden (this through confusion over their Latin appellation, Schwidones), while the Unterwaldeners are said to be descendants of a Romanized population (as indeed are the Romansh
speakers to the east in Grisons).
Most of the almost seven million Swiss living in Switzerland speak and understand more than one of the four national languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh