Castelmezzano dialect

Elements of this article may have been confused with Gallo-Italic of Basilicata
Native to Italy
Region western Basilicata
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog cast1245[1]

Castelmezzano is a Romance variety spoken in Castelmezzano in the Province of Potenza in Italy. It differs from surrounding Lucanian and Gallo-Italic dialects in having an Eastern Romance vocalism (the same merger of Latin vowels that the Dalmatian and Romanian languages do). It is therefore sometimes classified as Eastern Romance. However, there is evidence that this type of vocalism was once characteristic of most of southern Italy.[2]


  1. 1 2 Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Castelmezzano". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  2. Michele Loporcaro, "Phonological Processes", in Maiden et al., 2011, The Cambridge History of the Romance Languages: Volume 1, Structures
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