Extremaduran

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A language of Spain

Alternate Names
Barranquian, Cahtúo, Cahtúö, Ehtremeñu, Extremeño
Population

200,000 in Spain. 500,000 able to use it, including some monolinguals (1994 T. Erickson). Most use northern dialect. Population total all countries: 201,500. Ethnic population: 1,100,000 (1994).

Location

Extremadura Autonomous Region (except Fala [fax] language area valley northwest, Portuguese [por] dialect area west, and Spanish [spa] area strip east); some neighboring areas.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Central Extremaduran (Meyu Ehtremeñu), Northern Extremaduran (Artu Ehtremeñu), Southern Extremaduran (Bahu Ehtremeñu). Related to the eastern dialect of Tur-Leonese.

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

All domains. Mainly older adults. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 90%.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

2 orthographies, one Castilian-like, developed early 20th century by the famous poet José María Gabriel y Galán; the other more recent and more phonetic.

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