What is Piedmontese?
Piedmontese is a minority Romance language spoken in northwest Italy, specifically in the Piedmont region, with over 1.6 million native speakers (in 2002). Like with many Romance languages of Italy, Piedmontese is treated as a mere dialect of Italian by the government, when really it's genetically closer to French. (Italian belongs to the Tuscan sub-group of Romance languages, while French is a Gallo-romance, and Piedmontese belongs to the Gallo-italic. "Gallo" ultimately means "from Gall", Gall being the name of France prior to Latin occupation). Because Piedmontese has Italian influence as well as Gallic ancestry, many Italians want to label it as a dialect, while really it's not that mutually intelligible with Italian.