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A language of France

Alternate Names
Chtimi, Rouchi
Population

L1 users: 500,000 (Auger 2011). Total users in all countries: 700,000.

Location

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

Language Status

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

Dialects

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 [fra]. Boulonnais dialect has theater, poems, published grammar, dictionary. Home, family, friends, community. Speakers mostly over 70 years old. Also use French [fra].

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

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.

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