Piedmontese

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A language of Italy

Alternate Names
Piemontese
Autonym
Piemontèis
Population

700,000 (Regis 2012).

Location

Piedmont region: all provinces except Novara province, excluding Occitan- and Arpitan-speaking Alpine valleys; Valle d’Aosta region, all towns; southwest Lombardy region: small communities along north bank of Po river, across from Valenza.

Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

High Piedmontese (Alto Piemontese), Low Piedmontese (Basso Piemontese). Distinct enough from standard Italian [ita] to be considered a separate language. Considerable French [fra] influence.

Language Use

Use has diminished drastically among the young and in towns (Salminen 2007). Less than 27% of the informants in a 2012 census report use, within their family, a regional language of Northwestern Italy, including Piedmontese. All also use Italian [ita]. Used as L2 by Arpitan [frp], Occitan [oci], Walser [wae].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 100% in Italian [ita]. NT: 1834.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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