Ticinese dialect

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Native to Switzerland
Ticino (Sopraceneri)
Native speakers
108,000 (2011) [1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog tici1238

The Ticinese dialect is the set of dialects, belonging to the Alpine and Western branch of the Lombard language, [2] spoken in the northern part of the Canton of Ticino [3] (Sopraceneri); the dialects of the region can generally vary from valley to valley, often even between single localities, [3] while retaining the mutual intelligibility that is typical of the Lombard linguistic continuum. [4]


Ticinese koiné refers instead to a koiné form used by speakers of local dialects (particularly those diverging from the koiné itself, as, e.g., Leventinese, etc.) when communicating with speakers of other Western Lombard dialects of Ticino, the Grisons (collectively known as Swiss Italian) or Italian Lombardy. [5]


Ticinese is generally more lively than the Western Lombard varieties spoken in Italy, with a significant number of young speakers. Some radio and television programmes in Ticinese, mostly comedies are broadcast by the Italian language broadcasting company RTSI.

A dictionary and some studies on the Ticinese variants are published by CDE – Centro di dialettologia e di etnografia, a cantonal research institution.


Some possible expressions and idioms:

Delicious potatoesPatati delizioosPatate deliziose
To be naiveBeev l'acqua dal cudeeCredere a tutto ed a tutti
One makes nothing out of nothingChi gh'à al goss al gh'à quaicoss, se i gh'à nagott al gh'à al goss da carezzCon niente si fa nulla

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  3. 1 2 Biondelli, Bernarino (1853). Saggio sui dialetti gallo-italici (in Italian). p. 4. Il dialetto principale rappresentante il gruppo occidentale si è il Milanese, e ad esso più o meno affini sono: il Lodigiano, il Comasco, il Valtellinese, il Bormiese, il Ticinese e il Verbanese.[...] Il Comasco esténdesi in quasi tutta la provincia di Como, tranne l'estrema punta settentrionale al di là di Menagio e di Bellano a destra ed a sinistra del Lario; e in quella vece comprende la parte meridionale del Cantone Ticinese, sino al monte Cènere. [...] Il Ticinese è parlato nella parte settentrionale del Cantone Svizzero d'egual nome, al norte del Monte Cènere, in parecchie varietà, tra le quali distinguonsi sopra tutto le favelle delle valli Maggia, Verzasca, Leventina, Blenio ed Onsernone.
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