Bustocco and Legnanese dialect

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Bustocco and Legnanese
Native to Italy
Native speakers
50,000[citation needed]
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottolog None

Bustocco and Legnanese are two dialects of the Western Lombard language, spoken in the cities of Busto Arsizio (Province of Varese) and Legnano (Province of Milan).

They are characterised by the Ligurian substratum.[1] While Legnanese is closer to the Milanese dialect[citation needed], Bustocco is very similar to the modern Ligurian language[citation needed]. In fact, there is the unstressed vowel u at the end of masculine nouns and other words (e.g. Bustocco gatu, secu, coldu, büceu, candu = Legnanese gatt, secch, cald, bicér, quand) and the elimination of some intervocalic consonants (e.g. Bustocco lauà = Legnanese lavurà); in both dialects the stressed a sounds like a mix between a and o.[citation needed]

A comic theatral group called I Legnanesi uses Legnanese (with simplified grammar and lexicon heavily based on Italian) in its shows.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Augusto Marinoni, I dialetti da Saronno al Ticino. Busto Arsizio-Legnano, Rotary Club, 1957, pp. 37-50