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Italian, one of the Romance languages, spoken in Italy and in parts of Switzerland, France, and Yugoslavia. It derives from colloquial Latin. The Tuscan dialect established in the late Middle Ages as a literary language by Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio became the foundation of modern Italian. Since the Renaissance, words from other Romance languages have been added. Many of the regional dialects of Italy are still spoken.

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