the history of what happened to regional languages/dialects from the time
how these languages/dialects are having a renaissance today.
why is there a renaissance?
What does this say about France today?
Regional languages in France
Alsatian (eastern, officially recognized, second most-spoken regional
Basque (southwestern, northern basque, isolated, pre-Indo-European,
once a empire, long history
Breton (western, celtic, from Britain, endangered language, Roparz
Hemon, the only living Celtic language which is not recognized as an
official language, today the existence of bilingual dictionaries directly
from Breton into languages
During the 12th through 17th centuries Breton nobility and higher
clergy adopted French as a more international language, and cities in
Brittany became largely French-speaking (although also Breton
speaking). To be urban has long been viewed as equivalent to
the word "terrorist" is also tagged on to political activists who want
more autonomy for Brittany
Catalan (Roussillon region of southern, romance,
During the 15th century, during the
Valencian Golden Age
Catalan language reached its highest cultural splendor, which was not
matched again until
, 4 centuries later.
Treaty of the Pyrenees
Louis XIV of
on 2 April 1700 prohibited the use of Catalan language in
in all official documents under the
threat of being invalidated.
Since then, the Catalan language has
lacked official status in the Catalan-speaking region in France.
In Corsica (france) and northern Sardinia(Italy)
Traditional lang. of Corsican people
The use of Corsican over French has been declining
Potentially endangered lang. (UNESCO)
It has "a large number of children speakers" but is "without an official