Lorrain is a Romance language spoken in the northeast of France, mainly in Lorraine, part of the Grand Est region, and also in western Alsace, and in the Gaume region of southweast Belgium. Lorrain is classified as a regional language in France, and is officially recognised as a regional language in the Wallonia region of Belgium.
Lorrain is also known as lorrain roman or Lorin. There are seven major varieties of Lorrain: Argonnais, Longovicien, Gaumais, Messin, Nancéien, Spinalien / Vosgien, and Déodatien.
Lorrain is a descendent of Vulgar Latin, with some Celtic and Germanic influences. There is no standard way to write Lorrain. The alphabet below is one way to write Vosgien, a dialect of Lorrain is spoken in the French departments of Vosges, Moselee, Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin.
Totes li hàmmes v'nàt au monde libes et égaux de 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.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
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