Aragonese

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A language of Spain

Alternate Names
Altoaragonés, Aragoieraz, Fabla Aragonesa, High Aragonese, Patués
Autonym
Aragonés
Population

30,000, all users. L1 users: 10,000 (Salminen 2007). L2 users: 20,000 (1993 Counsel of the Aragonese Language). 500 monolinguals (1993). Older adults. Ethnic population: 2,000,000 (1994).

Location

Aragon autonomous community: Huesca and Zaragoza provinces; Pyrenea (north border), Navarra (west border); north of Montsó (east). Ansó, Berdún, Chaca, Chasa, and Echo towns (Western Aragonese dialect); Bielsa, Biescas, Broto, L’Ainsa, Panticosa, Torla, and Yebra (Central Aragonese dialect); Benás (Benasque, Benasc, Patués), Bisagorri, Campo, Estadilla, Graus, Perarruga, and Plan (Eastern Aragonese dialect); Agüero, Alguezra, Almudébar, Angüés, Ayerbe, Balbastro, Bolea, Labata, Lierta, Nabal, Nozito, Pertusa, Rasal, and Uesca (Southern Aragonese).

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Western Aragonese (Ansotano, Cheso), Central Aragonese (Belsetán, Bergotés, Pandicuto, Tensino), Eastern Aragonese (Benasqués, Chistabino, Fobano, Grausino, Ribagorzano), Southern Aragonese (Ayerbense, Semontanés). Different from Spanish local variety (also called Aragonese influenced by High Aragonese). Eastern Aragonese transitional to Catalan [cat]. Reportedly, similarities to Catalan and Occitan [oci].

Language Use

Few children learn the language (Salminen 2007). Also use Spanish [spa], depending on education level. Used with outsiders.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: Nearly 100%. Periodicals. Grammar. NT: 2013.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Aragonese Speakers’ League (Ligallo de Fablans de l’Aragonés) in Zaragoza; Council of the Aragonese Language (Consello d’a Fabla Aragonesa) in Uesca. 6 organizations or more of L1 speakers working in the language. Written language based on Central and Eastern Aragonese. Christian.

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