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Franco-Provençal dialects

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LC classificationPC3081 PC3149
Topical headingFranco-Provençal dialects
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Variant(s)Arpitan dialects
Harpitan dialects
Patois dialects (Franco-Provençal)
See alsoFrance--Languages
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Occitan language
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Provençal language
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Found inEthnologue online, April 5, 2012: (Franco-Provençal; a language of France; alternate names: Arpitan, Patois; also spoken in Italy and Switzerland)
Linguist list online, April 5, 2012: (Francoprovençal language; alternate names: Ariptan, Patois; spoken in France, Italy, Switzerland; living language; Southeastern Oil subgroup)
UNESCO atlas of the world's languages in danger WWW site, April 5, 2012: (Francoprovençal; alternate names: Arpitan, Harpitan; definitely endangered; France, Italy, Switzerland)
Britannica online, April 5, 2012: (Franco-Provençal dialect: any of a group of Romance dialects spoken in east-central France in a region roughly corresponding to Burgundy and in adjacent areas of Italy and Switzerland. Franco-Provençal is purely rural and nonstandardized, young speakers are few, and speech forms are heavily influenced by French, which has been the standard and urban language of the area for several hundred years. Franco-Provençal has no standard or literary language, and its regional and local dialects are extremely diversified.... the earliest written material recognized is the Alexander fragment, part of a poem, dating from the 11th or 12th century. There is some controversy as to whether this ought not to be considered a Provençal work with French influences)