Piemontese

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A language of Italy

Alternate Names
Piedmontese, Piemontèis
Population

1,600,000 in Italy (2002).

Location

Northwest, Piedmont, except Provençal- and Arpitan-speaking Alpine valleys.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

High Piemontese (Alto Piemontese), Low Piemontese (Basso Piemontese). Distinct enough from standard Italian [ita] to be considered a separate language. Considerable French [fra] influence.

Language Use

Use has dimished drastically among the young and in towns (Salminen 2007). Also use Italian [ita]. Used as L2 by Arpitan [frp], Occitan [oci].

Language Development
NT: 1834.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].