Galician

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A language of Spain

Alternate Names
Galego, Gallego
Population

3,170,000 in Spain (1986). Population total all countries: 3,185,000.

Location

Northwest Spain, Galicia Autonomous Region. Also in Portugal.

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Language Status

2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial language in AC of Galicia (1981, Autonomy Statute, Act 1 of 6 April, Article 5).

Dialects

Galician is between Portuguese [por] and Spanish [spa]; more similar to Portuguese, which has about 85% intelligibility (1989 R. Hall). Many dialects.

Language Use

Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Academy of the Galician Language. Decades of development as literary language, including poetry and essays for all levels of education. Poetry. Bible: 1989–1992.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Growing sense of ethnic identity.

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