13 Facts About Asturian language


The dialects of the Astur-Leonese Asturian language family are traditionally classified in three groups: Western, Central, and Eastern.

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For much of its history, the Asturian language has been ignored or "subjected to repeated challenges to its status as a Asturian language variety" due to its lack of official status.

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Transition from Latin to Asturian language was slow and gradual; for a long time they co-existed in a diglossic relationship, first in the Kingdom of Asturias and later in that of Asturias and Leon.

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However the Asturian language is endangered: there has been a steep decline in the number of speakers over the last century.

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However since 1 August 2001 Asturian has been covered under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages' "safeguard and promote" clause.

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An additional 24 percent of the Asturian population said that they understood the language, making a total of about 68 percent of the Asturian population.

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The Bible into the Asturian language was completed in 2021 after over 30 years of translation work, beginning in September 1988.

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The first Asturian language grammar was published in 1998 and the first dictionary in 2000.

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Western Asturian language is spoken between the rivers Navia and Nalon, in the west of the province of Leon and in the provinces of Zamora and Salamanca.

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Central Asturian language is spoken between the Sella River and the mouth of the River Nalon in Asturias and north of Leon.

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Eastern Asturian language is spoken between the River Sella, Llanes and Cabrales.

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The inclusion of Eonavian in the Galician language is controversial, since it has traits in common with western Asturian.

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Free software in the Asturian language is available from Debian, Fedora, Firefox, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, VLC, GNOME, Chromium and KDE.

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