Limousin (lemosin)

Limousin is spoken by about 10,000 speakers in the departments of Limousin, Charente and Dordogne in the southwest of France. Most speakers and linguists consider Limousin a dialect of Occitan.

In the Middle Ages a number of troubadours wrote and sang songs in Limousin. Poetry and other texts were also written in it. From the 14th century until the beginning of the 20th century, Limousin was the official language of the region of Limousin, and was widely spoken. After that, Limousin went into decline and currently has no official recognition or status. It is, however, used as a medium of instruction in primary schools in Limoges and Périgueux.

There are various ways to write Limousin in the Latin alphabet. In the 1890s Abbot Joseph Roux codified the spelling in his Grammaire limousine (1893–1895).

Limousin alphabet (Alfabet occitan limosin)

Limousin alphabet and pronunciation)

Download an alphabet chart for Limousin (Excel)

Information about the Limousin alphabet supplied by Wolfram Siegel (PDF)

Sample text

Totas las personas naisson liuras e egalas en dignitat e en drech. Son dotadas de rason e de consciéncia e lor chau (/fau) agir entre elas emb un esperit de frairesa.

Translation

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)

Sample videos in and about Limousin

Links

Information about Limousin
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limousin_dialect
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Limousin_(dialecte)
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/oci
http://www.endangeredlanguages.com/lang/10461

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Aragonese, Aranese, Aromanian, Asturian, Catalan, Corsican, Dalmatian, Emilian-Romagnol, Extremaduran, Fala, Franco-Provençal, French, Friulian, Galician, Gallo, Gascon, Genoese, Guernésiais, Istro-Romanian, Istriot, Italian, Jèrriais, Ladino, Ladin, Ligurian, Lombard, Lorrain, Megleno-Romanian, Mirandese, Moldovan, Monégasque, Mozarabic, Neapolitan, Occitan, Occitan (Auvergnat), Occitan (Languedocien), Occitan (Limousin), Occitan (Provençal), Picard, Piedmontese, Portuguese, Romanian, Romansh, Sardinian, Sicilian, Spanish, Venetian, Walloon

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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