Corsican

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A language of France

Alternate Names
Corse, Corsi, Corso, Corsu
Population

30,000 in France (2009), decreasing. On Corsica, 125,000 people have some command of Corsican. Population total all countries: 31,000.

Location

Corsica, Paris, Marseilles. Also in Canada, Cuba, Italy, Puerto Rico, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Statutory provincial working language in Island of Corsica (2005, Autonomy Law No. 97, Article 7), mainly used in education.

Dialects

Northern Corsican (Bastia, Cape Cors), Sartenais, Venaco, Vico-Ajaccio. Lexical similarity: 79%–89% with Bastia, Venaco, Vico, and Sartene dialects. Bonifacio on the southern tip of the island has 78% lexical similarity (highest) with Bastia at extreme north. Ajaccio dialect is central and prestigious.

Language Use

All ages. Also use French [fra].

Language Development
Bible portions: 1861–1994.
Writing
Latin script.

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