250,000 in Luxembourg (1998). Population total all countries: 320,710.
Also in Belgium, France, Germany, United States.
4 (Educational). Statutory language of national identity (1984, Language Law of 24 February, Article 1).
SVO; prepositions; genitives, articles, adjectives, numerals, relatives before noun heads; question word initial; 3 prefixes, 2 suffixes on a word; rigid word order; passives; nontonal
Vigorous. The language of creativity for most. Modest amounts of literature. Perhaps 50,000 L2 speakers. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. West and Central varieties considered more sophisticated; North more rural, peasant-like. Variety used by older Belgian-border inhabitants considered old fashioned and riddled with French [fra] words, but perfectly intelligible. German [deu] considered a foreign language, not used with others who speak Luxembourgeois. Also use English [eng], French [fra], or German [deu].