Alpine Languages in Contact

AlpiLinK (Alpine Languages in Contact) is the new project hosted at the VinKo crowdsourcing website. The project aims to gather numerically relevant information about the Germanic, Romance and Slavic dialects and minority languages spoken across the Alpine regions of Italy.

Do you speak an Alpine language? A Tyrolean dialect or of a minority language like Cimbrian, Mòcheno, Saurano, Sappadino, Timavese, or one of the Walser varieties? Or do you speak a Romance minority language, like a variety of Ladin, Friulian, Occitan or Francoprovençal, or a Romance dialect, like Venetan, Trentino, Lombard or Piedmontese? Val Canale Slovenian or Resian? If so, we would really appreciate your help! You can participate by going to the “Participate” section or by clicking on “Participate” on the bottom of this page.

Listen & Explore

Listen to some examples of Alpine languages! Explore the language varieties of Veneto and Trentino-South Tyrol here! Simply select a sound, sentence, or part of a story and click on any location to listen to the recording! 

The first AlpiLinK data are now available! See the AlpiLinK corpus on Zenodo for more details.

The project

What is AlpiLinK?

AlpiLinK is an acronym of Alpine Languages in Contact. It is a collaborative project of the Universities of Verona, Trento, Bolzano-Bozen, Turin and Aosta, funded by the Italian Research Ministry in the PRIN framework. Its objectives are the promotion and investigation of the Germanic, Romance and Slavic dialects and minority languages spoken in the Alpine regions of Italy: Piedmont, Aosta Valley, Lombardy, Veneto, Trentino-South Tyrol, and Friuli-Venezia Giulia.

Please find above a video of a talk given at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (U.S.) in which the Principal Investigator (Stefan Rabanus) explains the goals, methods and results of AlpiLinK (in English, approx. 50 minutes).

Discover the linguistic varieties

AlpilinK collects data for all linguistic varieties that are part of the Germanic, (Rhaeto-)Romance and Slavic language familes and that are spoken in the regions of the Italian Alps.

Team & Contact

Meet the team! For questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact us.