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The first ever Romansch-English dictionary has just been published. Its compilers hope the dictionary will help English speakers who want to gain an insight into the Romansch language, traditions and culture.

This content was published on February 21, 2000 - 14:49

The first ever Romansch-English dictionary has just been published. Its compilers hope the dictionary will help English speakers who want to gain an insight into the Romansch language, traditions and culture.

The book, 'A language of Switzerland" is both a dictionary and phrase book and was compiled by Manfred Gross and Daniel Telli from the Romansch League.

The dictionary is being published in Switzerland by Hippocrene Books. But the Romansch League, which describes the book as a pioneering work, says it could not have been completed without the financial and moral support of a large American publishing house.

The League says that although the dictionary is aimed primarily at English-speakers visiting the heart of Romansch-speaking Switzerland, Graubünden, it could soon be available to primary school children trying to learn English.

Nearly 70,000 people speak the five different versions of Romansch.

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