A Great Small Victory for the Sicilian Language

The online subtitling platform Amara.org has inserted Sicilian among the subtitling LANGUAGE list it offers.
The choice, taken after the fact had been pointed out to the administrative team, was applied on the basis that Sicilian “is indeed differentamara-logo-lg
from Italian and has its own noteworthy literature and film tradition”.
For an audio-visual translator who subtitles into Sicilian, and for all Sicilians, this is an epic moment that I thought worthy of sharing.
Special thanks go to Amara and its helpdesk, in the persons of Margarita Shamraeva and Claude, whose surname I was not able to find out, for their professional and cogent attitude towards the request.
Although it may seem that a small issue has been addressed, this is indeed a great achievement.

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6 Responses to "A Great Small Victory for the Sicilian Language"

  1. Giuseppe Pizzino  May 13, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Congratulazioni Andrea sei riuscito in un impresa impossibile: valorizzare il patrimonio linguistico della nostra Isola. Grazie a te, la lingua siciliana sale a pieno titolo sul palcoscenico universale per rimanere per sempre. Patrimonio dell’umanità! Giuseppe Pizzino di Progetto Sicilia

  2. alex garcia  May 13, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    why doesn’t google do this also?

  3. Angelo F. Coniglio  May 13, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    This is in no way a ‘small’ victory, it’s a TREMENDOUS victory, and I hope more sites recognize the Sicilian language, Sicilian history, and Sicilian culture, which have been subsumed by our patria’s ‘unification’ with the north. Viva Sicilia!!!

  4. Laura Ferrara  July 2, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    After years of explaining that the Sicilian language is different from Italian I can rest my case!

  5. Joseph LoDico  July 6, 2015 at 1:46 am

    My parents spoke Sicilian at home and learned Italian in school. I learned the difference growing up and when I lived at NAS Sigonella in Sicily. This is wonderful!!!!!

  6. Ernie Zenone Sr.  September 23, 2016 at 5:10 am

    I was discussing the need for Sicilian to be preserved and taught with a friend who replied, “but they can speak Italian”. I explained as I have tried often to do so that Sicilian is not Italian and that the language must be preserved. I also said how devastated I am to know that the Bible has never been translated into Sicilian. (Global Recordings Network has some audio recordings – check it out!) What effect could this have? The same, I pray, that the English version of William Tyndale had on the English language and bringing it to all the people whereas before it was in Latin and not available to the common people. Any comments on this?


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