|Native to||Sicily, Calabria (Central and Southern), Campania (Cilento), Apulia (Salento, Lecce), Malta|
|Native speakers||6.8 million (2010)|
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10 million people speak the language. It has three stocks: the Sicilian, the Calabro-Sicilian and Salentinu.
Apparently, the Italian Government has mounted a concerted effort to repress the Sicilian Language,[source?] 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.