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Picard

A language of France

ISO 639-3pcd

Population  No estimate available.
Region  Region de Picardie: Amiens, Abbeville, Beauvais, St. Quentin; region Nord-Pas-de-Calais: Lille, Douai, Cambrai, Arras, Valenciennes, Boulogne sur Mer, Calais (except Dunkerque District); east zone, region de Haute Normandie near Dieppe, Picardie border. Also in Belgium.
Language map  Andorra and France
Alternate names   Chtimi, Rouchi
Dialects  Ponthieu, Vimeu, Hainaut, Artois, Lillois, Boulonnais, Santerre, Calaisis, Cambresis, Vermandois, Amienois (Amies). All dialects, including those in Belgium, are mutually inherently intelligible.
Classification  Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Italo-Western, Western, Gallo-Iberian, Gallo-Romance, Gallo-Rhaetian, Oïl, French
Language use  Recognized officially as an indigenous regional language in Belgium. Recognized by the European Bureau for Lesser-Used Languages. Some reports used and edited by the French government consider it a separate language from French. Boulonnais dialect has theater, poems, published grammar, dictionary. Home, family, friends, community. Also use French.
Language development  Literacy rate in L2: 70%. Poetry. Bible portions: 1863.
Comments  Christian.

Also spoken in:

Belgium

Language name   Picard
Region  Most of Hainaut Province, Tournai, Mons, Ath.
Language map  Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands
Alternate names  Chtimi, Rouchi
Dialects  Belgian Picard.
Language use  The Belgian government recognizes Picard officially as an indigenous regional language. Recognized by the European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages. Some reports by the French government consider it a separate language from French. Home, family, friends, community. French is spoken at school, in court, for administration, with outsiders.
 
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