Neapolitan unilaterally adopted by the UMMOA as a semiofficial language

The Neapolitan language has been unilaterally adopted as semiofficial by the United Micronations Multi-Oceanic Archipelago (UMMOA).

Neapolitan is the language of southern peninsular Italy, including the city of Naples. 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.

In Italy, and only in Italy, Neapolitan is considered a mere dialect, enjoying virtually no protection or patronage in the almost exclusive Italian-only linguistic environment. La language manages to survive, and despite the overwhelming predominance of Italian in Italy's daily life, only because of the many Neapolitan songs the whole world adores, not just Italians from all over Italy.

In the UMMOA, English and Italian are superofficial, while French and Russian enjoy official status. Even so, since one of the national missions of the UMMOA is "to preserve as much linguistic diversity as is practical, culturally desirable, and economically feasible", this has not prevented Intermicronational World from distributing articles in Portuguese every day, giving the language de facto status, and articles in both Interlingua and Spanish have been sporadically distributed in the past, giving those languages at least semiofficial status. The list is complete with German, which is not discriminated against in any way, and Latin is accepted for scholarly or liturgical purposes only.

The adoption of Neapolitan as a semiofficial language was in part stimulated by a recent article in the Sorrento Post, about a wonderful course in Neapolitan language and culture being taught in a Naples junior high school. The article stated that Neapolitan, like Italian, is a language which descended from Latin. This statement almost makes Latin a parent of Neapolitan.

UMMOA Today contacted Prof. Ermete Ferraro, the wonderful human being mentioned in the article, to find out what he thought about that theory of linguistic descendance, and he has stated that "Neapolitan is not a language derived from Latin, let alone a mere dialect of Italian, but an independent language which carries the richness of Greek and Oscan-Samnite — Italic, in fact — roots, a prevailing Latin component, but also a number of legacies due to the dominations that have characterised the history of Naples, Campania [region of Italy], and the whole South — including the Arab, French and Spanish influences". It is clear from Prof. Ferraro's answer, that Neapolitan is more indebted to the Oscan than to the Latin language.

Help and inspiration for the name of the UMMOA Governor (straight from its Oscan language roots), and for the name of the UMMOA itself in Neapolitan, was courteously provided by Prof. Ferraro:

Kaisiris Tallini

Arcipelago Multioceanico d"e Micronazzione Aunite (AMOMA)

"Napulitanamente": corso di lingua e cultura napoletana in una scuola partenopea

Neapolitan language (Wikipedia)

Napoletano unilateralmente adottato dall'AMOMU come lingua semiufficiale
HMRD Cesidio Tallini [1, 2]