Is there a website or book that writes down Italian dialect words or phrases so they are not lost over time? My family speaks dialect and I would like to add their dialect to a website (if it exists) or learn about other dialects and the similarities/differences with my family's. Grazie mille!

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    Welcome on ItalianSE!
    – abarisone
    Oct 30, 2018 at 19:40
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    There are several books, sites, scholars and so on, since there are several dialects and, say, a speaker or a scholar of a particular dialect of Lombardy might not be knowledgeable about a dialect of Sicily. Which dialect are you interested in?
    – DaG
    Oct 30, 2018 at 21:59
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    Indeed for many "dialects" there are fully fledged grammars, dictionaries and linguistic studies. The major ones even have literatures :). I don't think there is a single website that collects them all.
    – Denis Nardin
    Oct 30, 2018 at 22:09
  • I am interested in adding town-level dialects that are in the Campania and Molise regions, especially as I find that there are differences between the towns and the regional dialect. I have gone back to Italy recently and there are few people left in those towns that speak the dialect. Oct 31, 2018 at 18:22
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    Try with this link: it contains few sentences in Naples language.
    – Aldo
    Oct 31, 2018 at 18:43

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One thing you might try to do is to contact the Comitato per la Salvaguardia dei Patrimoni Linguistici (Committee for the safeguard of the linguistic heritages). This is an association whose goal is to preserve and promote the usage of the regional languages of Italy (i.e. the so-called "dialects").

Their resource page contains some courses and grammars for some of the regional languages of Italy which you might find interesting.

Their contact page can be found here. Unfortunately their website seems to be only in Italian, but hopefully they will respond to inquiries in English.

They also seem to have a Facebook page.

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