Aragonese people

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Aragonese
Total population
1.228.932
Regions with significant populations
 Aragon, Spain
Languages
Majority:
Spanish
Minority:
Aragonese, Catalan
Religion
historically mostly Roman Catholicism[1]
Related ethnic groups
other Spaniards

The Aragonese (Aragonese and Spanish: aragoneses, Catalan: aragonesos) are the Romance ethnic group self-identified with the historical region of Aragon, in inland northeastern Spain. Their Aragonese language, which might have been spoken in the whole of the Kingdom of Aragon, Kingdom of Navarre and La Rioja in the Middle Ages, is nowadays a seriously endangered language, natively spoken only by around 25,000 people in the northern mountain area of the autonomous community of Aragon.[2] In 2009, the Aragonese language was recognized by the regional government as the "native language, original and historic" of Aragon, and it received several linguistic rights, such as use in public administration.[3][4] This legislation was repealed by a new law in 2013 (Law 3/2013).[5]

Most Aragonese (90% or more) speak the Spanish language, traditionally in a northern variety with some regional traits, particularly in intonation and vocabulary. The use of the native Aragonese language is now confined to a minority, mostly in rural and mountainous regions of northern Aragon. In the easternmost areas, La Franja, varieties of the Catalan language are spoken by about 90% of the Population.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Interactivo: Creencias y prácticas religiosas en España
  2. ^ [1] Report about Census of population 2011 of Aragonese Sociolinguistics Seminar and University of Zaragoza
  3. ^ Languages Act of Aragon Official Bulletin of Aragon
  4. ^ Ley 10/2009, de 22 de diciembre, de uso, protección y promoción de las lenguas propias de Aragón. BOE núm. 30, de 4 de febrero de 2010, páginas 9875 a 9887
  5. ^ Ley 3/2013, de 9 de mayo, de uso, protección y promoción de las lenguas y modalidades lingüísticas propias de Aragón. BOE núm. 138, de 10 de junio de 2013, páginas 43654 a 43662
  6. ^ Statistics about languages in Catalan-Speaking Aragon Archived September 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine Generalitat de Catalunya (in Catalan)

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