Italian language

From the late 19th to the mid-20th century, thousands of Italians settled in Argentina, Uruguay, Southern Brazil and Venezuela, as well as in Canada and the United States, where they formed a physical and cultural presence.

Within the Catholic Church, Italian is known by a large part of the ecclesiastical hierarchy and is used in substitution for Latin in some official documents.

Linguistic map of Italy according to Clemente Merlo and Carlo Tagliavini (1937)

Some other features that distinguish Italian from the Western Romance languages:

Standard Italian also differs in some respects from most nearby Italian languages:

Nouns, adjectives, and articles inflect for gender and number (singular and plural).