15,000 (2000). 10,000 use it regularly, 5,000 when they return to the area. 2,000 Sendinese in Sendim Vila.
Bragança District, Miranda do Douro and Vimioso municipalities, Miranda city; Spain border.
2 (Provincial). Statutory language of provincial identity in 4 municipalities, northeast Portugal (1999, Law No. 7/99 of 29 January).
Mirandés Meridional (Mirandés Sendinês, Sendinês), Mirandés Setentrional (Mirandés Raiano), Mirandese Central (Miranadese Normal). Related to Asturian (Leonese) [ast]. Possibly separated when Moors invaded.
Officially recognized since 1999, has gained some presence in education, media and public life since then (2007). Children 6 to 16 required to study it in school; voluntary for ages 16 to 19.
Have different dress style from their neighbors (black, handwoven cloth).