A language of France

Alternate Names
Franco-provençal, Patois

150,000 (2013). Total users in all countries: 227,000.


Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region: Savoy, Ain, Rhone, Loire, northern and central Isere departments; Bourgogne Franche-Comté region: southern Jura, Doubs, Saone-et-Loire, and Haute-Alpes departments; border area of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.

Language Status

8a (Moribund). Recognized language (2013, Law No. 595), Education.


Dauphinois, Lyonnais, Neuchatelais, Savoyard. Structurally distinct from French, Piedmontese [pms], and Lombard [lmo] (1985 F. Agard). In Switzerland, every canton has its own dialect, with no standardization. Difficult intelligibility among dialects, especially Fribourg.

Language Use

Most or all are elderly. Also use French [fra].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 100% in French [fra]. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1830.

Latin script [Latn].

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