Asturian, which is also known as Bable, is a Romance language spoken
by about 550,000 people in parts of Asturias (Asturies) in the
north of Spain. Asturian is very closely related to
Mirandese and was influenced by the pre-Roman
languages spoken in the Asturias region.
Asturian first appeared in writing in 1155. It was used in official
documents until the 14th century, when it started to be replaced by
Spanish. It was also used to some extent in literature during this
period. Between the 14th and 17th centuries, writtten Asturian
disappeared from official documents and was only used informally.
During the 17th century there was a literary revival started by
Anton de Marirreguera.
Sample text in Asturian
Tolos seres humanos nacen llibres y iguales en dignidá y
drechos y, pola mor de la razón y la conciencia de so, han
comportase hermaniblemente los unos colos otros.
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.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Information about the Asturian Language
Asturian - The Asturian Language in education in Spain
Academic de la Llingua Asturiana
Xunta Pola Defensa De La Llingua Asturiana
Radio Sele - Asturian language radio
Online news and magazines in Asturian
Other languages written with the Latin alphabet