Mirandese

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A language of Portugal

Alternate Names
Mirandês
Population

15,000 (2000). 10,000 use it regularly, 5,000 when they return to the area. 2,000 Sendinese in Sendim Vila.

Location

Bragança District, Miranda do Douro and Vimioso municipalities, Miranda city; Spain border.

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Language Status

2 (Provincial). Statutory language of provincial identity in 4 municipalities, northeast Portugal (1999, Law No. 7-99 of 29 January).

Dialects

Mirandés Meridional (Mirandés Sendinês, Sendinês), Mirandés Setentrional (Mirandés Raiano), Mirandese Central (Miranadese Normal).

Language Use

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.

Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Have different dress style from their neighbors (black, handwoven cloth).