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Aragonese

A language of Spain

ISO 639-3arg

Population  11,000. Ethnic population: 2,000,000 (1994).
Region  Zaragoza, Uesca Province; Pyrenea (north border), Navarra (west border); north of Montsó (east). Western Aragonese in Ansó, Echo, Chasa, Berdún, and Chaca towns; Central Aragonese in Panticosa, Biescas, Torla, Broto, Bielsa, Yebra, and L’Ainsa; Eastern Aragonese in Benás (Benasque, Benasc, Patués), Plan, Bisagorri, Campo, Perarruga, Graus, Estadilla; Southern Aragonese in Agüero, Ayerbe, Rasal, Bolea, Lierta, Uesca, Almudébar, Nozito, Labata, Alguezra, Angüés, Pertusa, Balbastro, Nabal.
Language map  Portugal and Spain
Alternate names   Altoaragonés, Aragoieraz, Aragonés, Fabla Aragonesa, High Aragonese, Patués
Dialects  Western Aragonese (Ansotano, Cheso), Central Aragonese (Belsetán, Tensino, Pandicuto, Bergotés), Eastern Aragonese (Benasqués, Grausino, Ribagorzano, Fobano, Chistabino), Southern Aragonese (Ayerbense, Semontanés). Different from the local variety of Spanish (also called ‘Aragonese’ influenced by High Aragonese). Eastern Aragonese transitional to Catalan [cat]. Similarities to Catalan and Occitan [oci].
Classification  Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Italo-Western, Western, Pyrenean-Mozarabic, Pyrenean
Language use  Official language in Aragon. 20,000 use it as L2 (1993 Counsel of the Aragonese Language). Aragonese Speakers’ League (Ligallo de Fablans de l’Aragonés) in Zaragoza; Council of the Aragonese Language (Consello d’a Fabla Aragonesa) in Uesca. 6 organizations or more of L1 speakers working in the language. Written language based on Central and Eastern Aragonese. Includes 500 older adult monolinguals (1993). Also use some Spanish, depending on education level. Used with outsiders.
Language development  Literacy rate in L2: Nearly 100%. Magazines. Grammar.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Christian.
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