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.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


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. Used by all. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: Nearly 100%. Literature. Periodicals. 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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