Limousin language


Limousin language

The Limousin or Lemosin (native name) is a Occitan language spoken or understood by about 401,000 people in the part of southern France known as Limousin.

The first Occitan documents are in this dialect, particularly the Boecis, written around the year 1000.

Limousin is used primarily by people over age 50 in rural communities. All speakers speak French as a first or second language. Due to the French single language policy, it is not recognised by the government and might be disappearing. A revivalist movement around the Felibrige and the Institut d'Estudis Occitans is active in Limousin (as well as in other parts of Occitania).

External links

* [http://ieo.lemosin.free.fr/ Institut d'Estudis Occitans dau Lemosin]
* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=lms Ethnologue report for Limousin language]
* [http://198.62.75.1/www1/pater/ethno/Fran.html#LMS Ethnologue: France]


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