Linard Martinelli, president of the Vallader-speaking village of Lavin in the Lower Engadine and head of the 190-member Conferenza generala Ladina (CHL), the regional teachers' association, is strongly committed to reinvigorating Romansh in the region; however, equally strongly, he is resisting the implantation of Rumantsch Grischun.
Moritz"--he feels that the major challenge is reviving the existing language, so introducing Rumantsch Grischun would be an impediment to this aim.
We have just burned a CD-ROM with translations of about 170 pages of geography and history text, from Rumantsch Grischun to our local languages.
Rumantsch Grischun is not a bad idea in itself," she admits, "but it is a synthetic language.
Despite the problems, and regardless of the outcome of the Rumantsch Grischun debate, Sedlacek remains optimistic about the future of her language, relating an anecdote to prove her point: "One hundred years ago, in 1910, a man made a bet of 100 francs that Romansh wouldn't still be around in 100 years.