from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The Rhaeto-Romance dialect that is an official language of Switzerland. Also called Ladin.
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- proper n. The minority Romance language of Switzerland - one of the Rhaeto-Romance languages
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as Rhæto-Romanic.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the Rhaeto-Romance language spoken in southeastern Switzerland; it is an official language of Switzerland
- adj. of or relating to the Romansh language
It has language problems (Romansh is losing ground), but they are not major, and they are never allowed to threaten national unity.
But instead of uniting Romansh speakers for the first time in history, RG is dividing them, with a particularly bitter skirmish now breaking out in school classrooms.
But opponents argue that dialects are the only way to save Romansh.
Alamy The Santa Maria village in the Romansh stronghold of Val Müstair, which is at the center of an argument over the best way to save the language.
When it comes to language controversies, the heartfelt debate over Romansh is hardly new.
The result is Romansh Grischun, or RG, as it was immediately dubbed.
Agence France-Presse / Getty Images A traffic sign written in Romansh in the tiny village of Zuoz.
Today, its villagers are up in arms over authorities' attempt to push a sort of Romansh Esperanto on locals—one that officials defend as the only chance to save one of the last living relics of the Latin language.
The people of Val Müstair were "pioneers" in adopting RG, says Urs Cadruvi , the head of the Lia Rumantscha, which promotes Romansh.
To give Romansh the critical mass to survive—and to cut down on translation costs—Bern quickly adopted as the official language a standardized version cobbled together from various dialects.
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