The Italian irredentism called "Italian Savoiardi" (or Italian Savoyards) the people of Savoia who considered themselves to be Italian people and who had ties with the Savoia dinasty. Approximately 1% of the Savoy population voted against the unification of Savoy to France in 1860, and wanted to be part of the Kingdom of Italy of Victor Emmanuel II.
During the Fascism, in the early forties, were created organizations that promoted the unification of Savoy to the Kingdom of Italy. The fascist members were nearly one hundred in 1942, concentrated mainly in Grenoble and Chambery.
Several subdialects of Savoyard exist that exhibit unique features in terms of phonetics and vocabulary. Among them, many words have to do with the weather: bacan (French: temps mauvais); coussie (French: tempête); royé (French: averse); ni[v]ole (French: nuage); ...and, the environment: clapia, perrier (French: éboulis); égra (French: sorte d'escalier de pierre); balme (French: grotte); tova (French: tourbière); and lanche (French: champ en pente).
Savoyard has been the subject of detailed study at the Centre de dialectologie of the University of Grenoble, currently under the direction of Michel Contini.