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.
Escalade: celebrating Geneva's history: part commemoration of the victory that allowed Geneva to remain independent, part homage to the Genevois who died fighting off a Savoyard attack in 1602, the annual Escalade is also two days packed full of festive fun that transforms the city's Old Town.(CULTURE)(Cover story)
Dec 01, 2008; [ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED] On normal weekends, when government offices in historical buildings are empty, Geneva's Old Town starts...