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26 January 2021

The Ladin way

The Alps are a mosaic of wealth and variety, an alphabet of languages and costumes which the isolation over a number of centuries helped to preserve. It is sufficine to think of the walser, of the multitude of mountain valleys, and to we Ladins who still to this day speak in an idiom peculiar to Alto Adige, Trentino, Veneto, Friuli, and in Val Müstair in Switzerland’s Grigioni Canton.
The linguist and philosopher Noam Chomsky sustained that ‘A language is a dialect with a passport and army behind it’. Fortunately, we Ladins have no army and no military uniform, but one thing which we do have and which we like is the tendency to dress in our colourful clothes, colours which remind us that we are the children of the land which emerged from the sea long time ago.