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Re: How does Switzerland manage four national languages?

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Agreed, Lombard dialects in Italy are much closer to standard Italian than Arpitan is to Parisian French, yet the Italians regard Lombard as a separate language. And Lombard in Switzerland is quite far removed from Lombard in Italy, in fact it's considered much "purer" than its Italian cousin(s).
All the Lombardians that I know basically either speak Italian, or something close to Ticinese (as do most Ticinese).

I was once at a motoraduno in Mandello d.L., and a German guy I knew came to me and asked why I could understand the old dude who ran the bar in the park and they all couldn't, despite having a good handle on Italian.

"He's not speaking Italian" was my response, "it's dialekt"!

Tom
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