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

Rhône-Alpes region: Savoy, Ain, Rhone, Loire, northern and central Isere departments; Franche-Comté, southern Jura and Doubs departments; Bourgogne, Saone-et-Loire and Haute-Alpes departments; border area of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.

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 [Latn].

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