Bone die - Hello in Sardinian
Bone die is a common greeting in Sardinian. We present to you some interesting information about the Island of Sardinia.
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Sardinian or Sard is a Romance language spoken by the Sardinians on the Western Mediterranean island of Sardinia. Many Romance linguists consider it the language that, together with Italian, is closest to Latin among all its genealogical descendants. It’s a rich and beautiful language. Today, there are over 1,350,000 native or second-language speakers of Sardinian.
Here are some amazing facts about the Sardinian language and the Island of Sardinia:
The only standard form of Sardinian is the Sardo illustre, a literary language used mostly for folk verse. Italian is the island’s official language, and few literary works exist in Sardinian. The earliest written materials date from c. 1080.
In Sardinia, there are four main dialects of the Sardinian language. Logudorese, Campidanese, Gallurese, and Sassarese. Logudorese and Campidanese are the main two Sardinian dialects and have written standards.
Sardinian was recognized as one of the official minority languages of Italy, complete with its grammar and lexicon, in 1999 – although it took decades of petitions from the Sardinian-speaking community (and the other 11 linguistic minorities of Italy) for the law to be approved.
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Generations of painters have given a robust flavor to Sardinian art. That influence is visible in a nearly mythological fashion, in portraits of shepherds, farmers, women, and the varied landscape. Artists such as Filippo Figari, Francisco Çusa, Eugèniu Tavolara, and Felici Melis Marini have all contributed masterfully.
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The Sardinians demonstrate innovation and style in their application of natural materials. Throughout the generations, cultural themes have been cultivated on pottery, wood carvings, and jewelry. Sardinian crafts hold a charm of the island heritage with its native elements such as wool, hemp, wicker, coral, asphodel, cork, and silver.
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Red coral has been used for thousands of years to make fine jewelry, such as necklaces and earrings. It’s found in great quantities in Sardinia, in the underwater caves of Alghero, also known as the Coral Riviera. Thus Sardinia produces fine red coral jewelry.
Sardinia is the first blue zone of the world where people live for more than 100 years.
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Perhaps the secret of such long life is their tranquil way of life and a healthy diet. There is no consistent culinary culture but the cuisine is heavily focused on fresh seasonal ingredients which include aromatic bread, tempting roasted meats, fabulously fresh seafood, numerous styles of Pecorino cheese, garden-fresh fruits & veggies straight from the grower, and full-bodied wines from provincial vineyards.
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