Posted in Language Profiles, Lorrain, Romance Languages


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Classification: Indo-European – Italic – Romance – Western Romance – Western – Galo-Iberian – Galo-Romance – Galo-Rhaetic – Oïl – Lorrain

Number of speakers: Last native speaker died a few decades ago. The number of L2 speakers is unknown.

Countries where it is spoken: France and Belgium


  • Argonnais
  • Longovicien
  • Gaumais
  • Messin
  • Nancéien
  • Spinalien*
  • Déodatien*
  • Welche**

* Some sources classify Spinalien and Déodatien as a single dialect, called Vosgien.

** Some sources classify Welche as a separate language.


(Vosgien): Totes li hàmmes v’nàt au monde libes et égaux da la dignitè et da lo drâ. Ils so dotès de rahho et d’conscience et so t’nus d’se compoutè li ines enwoués lis autes da in esprit d’fraternitè.

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.



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