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A language of France

ISO 639-3: auv

Population 1,315,000 (2004).
Region Auvergne; Haut-Auvergnat in Cantal and south of Haute-Loire; Bas-Auvergnat in the north of Haute-Loire and in Puy-de-Dome.
Alternate names   Auvernhas, Auverne, Occitan
Dialects Haut-Auvergnat, Bas-Auvergnat. Highly fragmented dialect situation, with limited intelligibility between northern and southern varieties.
Classification Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Italo-Western, Western, Gallo-Iberian, Ibero-Romance, Oc
Language use More vigorous use in the south. Attitudes are strong and differ about how different the Oc varieties are from each other. Speakers also use French.
Language development Bible portions: 1831.