When it comes to serving Italy, most translation agencies just hire Italian translators and call it a day. After all, most people in Italy speak Italian. But what outsiders often misunderstand is that Italy is effectively a multilingual country, with a plethora of minority languages, or vernaculars, spoken across the country. Italy’s dozens of languages evolved not from Standard Italian but from the Vulgar Latin spoken in different areas of the peninsula, leaving many modern-day Italians bilingual in their local vernacular and Standard Italian.
As Standard Italian threatens to suffocate these proud local languages, the importance of access to translation services grows. This is certainly the case with Sicilian, whose close to 5 million speakers make it one of Italy’s strongest minority languages. At TranslationServices.com, we’re proud to offer professional translation services between Sicilian and English and to help honor this historically significant Italian tongue.
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Sicilian: The Traditional Language of Sicily
An island nestled at the foot of the Italian peninsula, Sicily boasts a long and rich history from its position in the heart of the Mediterranean. The Sicilian language has been shaped by the many different peoples who have inhabited the Sicilian island over the centuries, with the most notable influence coming from Latin. However, Sicilian also includes traces of Greek, Spanish, French, Arabic, and even the prehistoric languages spoken on the island before the Roman conquest. Sicilian’s roughly 5 million speakers are spread across the island of Sicily, where the language is widely spoken. It also has speakers in southern Calabria at the tip of the Italian peninsula, where it’s known as Central and Southern Calabrian.
Sicilian grammar is similar to that of all Romance languages, with nouns divided into masculine and feminine genders. Like most of its cousins, it has lost the Latin neuter case, merging it into the masculine gender. However, Sicilian plural endings can differ from the Standard Italian ones. Sicilian also uses the auxiliary verb aviri (“to have”), which can be used to denote obligation as well as the future tense.
Given the differences between Sicilian and Italian, Italian translators aren’t equipped to professionally translate the unique language. That’s why it’s important to hire dedicated Sicilian translators for your Sicilian translation needs—and that’s precisely what we at TranslationServices.com offer.
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Whether you’re looking to translate historical Sicilian documents and literature into English to share with the wider world or you want to translate English-language content and media into Sicilian to expertly cater to the people of Sicily and help preserve a valuable endangered language, we’re here to help. Our Sicilian translators are passionate about preserving their language, and they work hard to produce the highest-quality translations possible.
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