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Extinct: no
Family: Indo-European
Branch: Romance
Continent: Europe
Country: France
Region: Northeastern Spain, around Barcelona; Catalonia, Valencia provinces, Balearic Islands, region of Carche, Murcia Province. Menorquin is on Menorca. Pallarese, a subdialect of Northwestern Catalan, is in Pallars. Ribagoršan, another subdialect extends from the Valley of Aran to the south of Tamarit, and from the Noguera Ribagoršana to the border with Aragonese. Also spoken in Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland, Uruguay, USA, Venezuela.
Countries Where Spoken: Spain, Andorra, France, Italy
Countries Where Official: Andorra, Spain
Native Speakers: 6,472,828
Speakers Total: 6,667,328
Phrasebase members who speak Catalan at a native level: 91
Phrasebase members who speak Catalan at a conversational level: 91
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Catalan: 268
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Catalan: 409
Three Letter Code: CAT
Alternative Names: CatalÓ, CatalÓ-ValenciÓ-Balear, Catalonian, Catalan
Summary: Official regional language. 5,000,000 second- or third-language speakers in Spain (1994 La Generalitat de Catalunya). All domains. All ages. Speakers also use Spanish, French, Italian, Sard, or Occitan. Literacy rate in first language: 60%. Literacy rate in second language: 96%. The high literacy in Catalan (60%) is recent. Pallarese and Ribogoršan speakers have less education, less contact with the standard, and live in high valleys of the Pyrenees. Some Valencian speakers desire separate literature. Radio programs. TV. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1478-1993. Christian, secular.

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