Languages

Fala

Fact corner

  • Language: Fala
  • Alternate names: A Fala de Xálima, A Fala do Xãlima, Galaico-Extremaduran, "Chapurreáu"
  • SIL-code: Ethnologue:fax
  • Language family: Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Italo-Western, Western, Gallo-Iberian, Ibero-Romance, West Iberian, Portuguese-Galician
  • Number of speakers: 10,500
  • Script: Latin script

Introduction

Fala ("Talk") is a Romance language from the Portuguese-Galician subgroup mixed with Leonese spoken in Spain in a valley of the northwestern part of Extremadura near the border with Portugal. The speakers of Fala live in the towns of Valverde del Fresno (Valverdi du Fresnu), Eljas (As Ellas) and San Martín de Trevejo (Sa Martín de Trebellu).

The language is an archaic variant of medieval Gallo-Iberian. There is no information about how the language has survided for centuries.

Samples

"De fel u ben, nun temus que sansalmus nunca; ya chegará u día que arrecollamus u que hemus sembráu." (Gálatas 6:9)

  • temus (to have); Indicative, Present, Pl.1
  • sansalmus; Indicative, Present, Pl.1
  • chegará; Indicative, Future, Sg.3
  • arrecollamus; Indicative, Present, Pl.1
  • hemus sembráu; Indicative, Perfect, Pl.1

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