A language of Spain

Alternate Names
A Fala de Xálima, A Fala do Xãlima, Galaico-Extremaduran, “Chapurreáu” (pej.)
Fala, Nosa Fala

11,000 (2015 J. Pearson). 5,500–6,000 live in the language area; 5,000 outside, many of whom return each summer.


Extremadura autonomous community: As Ellas, Sa Martín de Trebellu, Val de Xalima and Val du riu Ellas, and Valverdi du Fresnu, towns, an isolated valley on Portugal border.

Language Maps
Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


Valvideiru, Mañegu, Lagarteiru. Not easily intelligible with surrounding language varieties. Intelligible to speakers of Galician [glg].

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains except church, and contacts with outsiders. All ages. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: Nearly 100%. NT: 2015. Agency: Asociación Cultural a Nosa Fala.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Fala speakers do not identify with Galicians and do not want the Fala orthography to be like Galician.

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