A language of France

Alternate Names
Chtimi, Rouchi

Total users in all countries: 200,000.


Picardy region: Amiens, Abbeville, Beauvais, Saint Quentin; Nord-Pas-de-Calais region: Lille, Douai, Cambrai, Arras, Valenciennes, Boulogne sur Mer, Calais (except Dunkerque district); Haute-Normandie region: near Dieppe, Picardie border.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (2013, No. 595), Education.


Ponthieu, Vimeu, Hainaut, Artois, Lillois, Boulonnais, Santerre, Calaisis, Cambresis, Vermandois, Amienois (Amies). All dialects, including those in Belgium, are mutually inherently intelligible.

Language Use

Recognized officially as an indigenous regional language in Belgium. Recognized by the European Bureau for Lesser-Used Languages. Some French government reports consider it a separate language from French. Boulonnais dialect has theater, poems, published grammar, dictionary. Home, family, friends, community. Also use French [fra].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 70%. Poetry. Bible portions: 1863.

Latin script [Latn].

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