Fala

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A language of Spain

Alternate Names
A Fala de Xálima, A Fala do Xãlima, “Chapurreáu” (pej.), Galaico-Extremaduran
Population

10,500 (1994 T. Erickson). 5,500 in the language area; 5,000 outside, many of whom return each summer.

Location

Extremadura Autonomous Region, northwest corner, an isolated valley on Portugal border, Val de Xalima and Val du riu Ellas, Valverdi du Fresnu, As Ellas, and Sa Martín de Trebellu towns.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Lagarteiru, Mañegu, Valvideiru. Not easily intelligible with surrounding language varieties. Intelligible to speakers of Galician [glg].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains except church, and contacts with outsiders. All ages. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: Nearly 100%.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Do not identify with Galicians. Do not want orthography to be like Galician.