The Corsican language and its role today

panneau de signalisation corseAs I wrote earlier on, Corsica does possess its own language

Part of the ‘Romance’ languages, mainly spoken within families and villages and handed down throughout the centuries. Very close to dialects from central and southern Italy, musical and charming – it was finally recognised as a language in 1960. The noticeable variations, depending on where one is on the island, is also quite apparent. Traditionally oral, the development of the ‘written’ has gained considerable ground over time. In 2010, the Charter of the Corsican Language was signed, to increase the use and visibility in public stretch and social life, and through the ongoing efforts where schooling and courses are concerned, the desire to achieve bilingualism is the ultimate aim. I would note here, the very strong sense of identity the Corsicans possess and proclaim, gears these actions to achievement. A recent proposal has been made in order to make official use of French and Corsican parity, ensuring the instruction of both languages, and bilingualism will be extended from kindergarden to university, also desiring that public officials and employees be subject to specific training – needless to say, the latter would mean financial and technical issues to be solved beforehand. When roaming around on the island, one notices the use of the language on sign posts and directions of all sorts. One can also enjoy a television channel with extended visibility beyond the border catering for Corsican and Mediterranean documentaries, movies, entertainment, music, culture, youth magazines and infomation. For an island of over 319 000 individuals, it remains multifaceted and a sanctuary for nature lovers and certainly has won its name in being the ‘Island of Beauty’.

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