Arpitan

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A language of France

Alternate Names
Francoprovençal, Patois
Population

60,000 in France (Salminen 2007). Population total all countries: 137,000.

Location

Savoy, Ain, Rhône, Loire, northern and central Isère, southern Jura and Doubs departments. Also in Italy, Switzerland.

Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Dialects

Dauphinois, Lyonnais, Neuchatelais, Savoyard. Structurally distinct from French, Piemontese [pms], and Lombard [lmo] (1985 F. Agard). In Switzerland, every canton has its own dialect, with no standardization. Difficult intelligibility among dialects, especially Fribourg.

Language Use

Most or all are elderly. Also use French [fra].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 100% in French. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1830.
Writing
Latin script.

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