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Neapolitan (autonym: (’o n)napulitano;{{ safesubst:#invoke:Unsubst||date=__DATE__ |$B= {{#invoke:Category handler|main}}{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}[citation needed] }} Italian: napoletano{{#invoke:Category handler|main}}) is the language of much of southern continental Italy, including the city of Naples.<ref>James Minahan: Encyclopedia of the Stateless Nations: L-R. pp.1348. Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002</ref><ref>J.-P. Cavaillé; Le napolitain : une langue majoritaire minorée. 09 mars 2007.</ref><ref name=GuardianDatasets>The Guardian for the list of languages in the Unesco site.</ref><ref>List of Endangered Languages according to UNESCO</ref> It is named not after the city, but after the Kingdom of Naples, which once covered most of this area and of which Naples was the capital. On October 14, 2008 a law by the Region of Campania stated that the Neapolitan language was to be protected.<ref name=denaro>"Tutela del dialetto, primo via libera al Ddl campano" ("Bill to protect dialect green lighted") from Il Denaro, economic journal of South Italy, 15 October 2008 Re Franceschiello. L'ultimo sovrano delle Due Sicilie</ref> Neapolitan has had a significant influence on the intonation of Rioplatense Spanish, of the Buenos Aires region of Argentina, and the whole of Uruguay.<ref>Colantoni, Laura, and Jorge Gurlekian. "Convergence and intonation: historical evidence from Buenos Aires Spanish", Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, Volume 7, Issue 02, August 2004, pp. 107–119, Cambridge Journals Online</ref>


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