This minority language has the status of a protected language in Italy and the status of an official language in the autonomous region of Trentino-Alto Adige. It remains dominated by the state language, Italian.
The Ladin-speaking area, Ladinia, is divided between the following administrative units:
- Autonomous region of Trentino-Alto Adige
- Region of Veneto
The Ladin dialect of Cadore (excepting Cortina d'Ampezzo) is strongly influenced by Northern Italian and therefore some authors exclude it from "Ladin" proper.
A standard variety of Ladin has been implemented since the 2000s.
- VALENTINI Erwin (2001) (dir.) Gramatica dl ladin standard, Vich / Sant Martin de Tor / Bulsan: SPELL (Servisc de Planificazion y Elaborazion dl Lingaz Ladin) / Union Generala di Ladins dles Dolomites / Institut Cultural Ladin “Majon di Fascegn” / Istitut Cultural Ladin “Micurà de Rü” / Istitut Pedagogich Ladin