|Native to||Sicily, Calabria (Central and Southern), Campania (Cilento), Apulia (Salento, Lecce), Malta|
|6.8 million (2010)|
Speakers[change | change source]
10 million people speak the language. It has three stocks: the Sicilian, the Calabro-Sicilian and Salentinu.
Differences with Italian[change | change source]
Compared to Italian, it is a distinctly separate form of verbal communication patterned by many years of foreign influence. Efforts to force Sicilians to speak conventional Italian include schools, television and radio. Italians maintain that Sicilian is simply a subset dialect of Italian, while Sicilians see their spoken word as a true and separate language.