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|Native to||Sicily, Calabria (Central and Southern), Campania (Cilento), Apulia (Salento, Lecce), Malta|
|Native speakers||6.8 million (2010)|
|Linguasphere||51-AAA-re & -rf (mainland 51-AAA-rc & -rd)|
The Sicilian language (lu sicilianuLua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Category handler/data' not found.) is a language spoken in Sicily island and central Calabria. It is currently spoken by the majority of the inhabitants of Sicily and by emigrants.
10 million people speak the language. It has three stocks: the Sicilian, the Calabro-Sicilian and Salentinu.
Compared to Italian, it is a distinctly separate form of verbal communication patterned by many years of foreign influence. Efforts to force Sicilians to speak conventional Italian include schools, television and radio. Italians maintain that Sicilian is simply a subset dialect of Italian, while Sicilians see their spoken word as a true and separate language.