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A language of France

ISO 639-3: lms

Population 10,000.
Region Limousin Province. Haut-Limousin around Limoges, Guéret, and Nontron in Charente; Bas-Limousin around Correze and Périgord.
Alternate names   Lemosin, Occitan
Dialects Haut-Limousin, Bas-Limousin. Limousin, Languedocien, and Gascon are structurally separate languages (F. B. Agard). Partially intelligible to Provençal. In the north of the province people use a transition dialect with certain Oïl (north French) features.
Classification Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Italo-Western, Western, Gallo-Iberian, Ibero-Romance, Oc
Language use Few children speakers. Attitudes are strong and differ about how different the Oc varieties are from each other. Most also use French.