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    Asturian language


    Asturian
    Astur-Leonese
    asturianu, bable
    Native to Spain
    Region Autonomous Community of Asturias
    Native speakers 110,000  (2007)[1]
    450,000 L2 speakers (1994)
    Language family
    Dialects
    Writing system Latin
    Official status
    Recognised minority language in  Asturias[2]
    Regulated by Academia de la Llingua Asturiana
    Language codes
    ISO 639-2 ast
    ISO 639-3 ast
    Linguasphere 51-AAA-ca
    Mapa de la estensión de la llingua asturiana-lleonesa.png
    Linguistic area of Asturian language

    Asturian (/æsˈtʊəriən/;[3] autonym: asturianu [astuˈɾjanu],[4] or bable [ˈbaβle]) is a Romance language of the West Iberian group, Astur-Leonese subgroup, spoken in Asturias (Spain). Asturian is also known as Astur-Leonese or Asturian-Leonese to refer to the language in its historical and current global expansion. The current number of speakers of Asturian is estimated at about 100,000 first-language speakers and 450,000 second-language speakers.[5] There are three predominant variants in the asturleonese linguistic domain (Western, Central and Eastern), although in the case of Asturias, for historical and demographics reasons, the standard is based on the Central Asturian. Asturian has a grammar, a dictionary of the Asturian language, and an orthography. It is regulated by the Academy of the Asturian Language, and even though it is not an official language,[6] it is protected under the autonomous statute legislation and is an optional language at schools.[7]


    Asturian language History


    Kingdom of Asturias, circa 910 AD. King Alfonso III of Asturias, (848–910)

    Asturian is the autochthonous language of Asturias (Spain) and some parts of the provinces of León and Zamora (Spain) and the area surrounding the city of Miranda do Douro (Portugal) (see '[1]).

    Like other Romance languages in the Iberian peninsula, it developed out of the break-up of unified Latin in the early Middle Ages. In historical terms Asturian became closely linked with the ancient Kingdom of Asturias (718–910) and the ensuing Asturian-Leonese or Leonese kingdom.

    The language developed from Vulgar Latin with contributions from the pre-Roman languages which were spoken in the territory of the Astures, an ancient Hispano-Celtic tribe of the Iberian peninsula, as well as from the post-Roman Germanic languages of the Visigoths and Suevi.

    The passage from Latin to Asturian was slow and progressive, and for a long period both co-existed in a diglossic relationship, in the Kingdom of Asturias first and that of Asturias and Leon later. In the 12th, 13th and part of the 14th centuries, the language used in official documents of the kingdom was Asturian. Many examples can be found of agreements, donations, wills, commercial contracts, etc. written in the language from that period onwards. Although there are no extant literary works written in Asturian in this period, it is known that some books, such as the Llibru d'Alexandre, and also Fueru d'Avilés (1155)[8][9] had Asturian sources.

    Castilian (Spanish) came to the area later, in the 14th century, when the central administration sent emissaries and functionaries to occupy political and ecclesiastical offices. Nowadays, Asturian codification of Astur-Leonese spoken in the Asturian Autonomous Community has become a modern language, after the birth of the Academy of the Asturian Language (Academia Asturiana de la Llingua) in 1980. Mirandese is very close to Asturian.


    Asturian language Status and legislation


    Asturian areas in North West of Iberian Peninsule. (Ethnologue linguistic map based. See source: http://www.ethnologue.com/map/PTES).

    Much effort has been made since 1974 to protect and promote Asturian.[10] In 1994, there were 100,000 first-language speakers, and 450,000[11] second-language speakers able to speak or understand Asturian.[12] However, the situation of Asturian is critical, with a large decline in the number of speakers in the last 100 years.

    Law 1/93, of March 23, on the Use and Promotion of the Asturian Language
    Article 4 of Asturias 'Statute of Autonomy' provides:[4] The Asturian language will enjoy protection. Its use, teaching and diffusion in the media will be furthered, whilst its local dialects and voluntary apprenticeship will always be respected.

    Thus, Asturian has an anomalous situation from the legal point of view. The Spanish Constitution, as far as the official recognition of languages in the autonomous communities is concerned, has not been fully applied. The ambiguity of the Statute of Autonomy, which recognises the existence of Asturian, but does not put it on the same level as Spanish, leaves the door open to the de facto lack of protection of Asturian. However, since 1 August 2001, Asturian is covered under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages with the aim to "safeguard and promote" Asturian.[2]

    In a research from 1983,[13] the figure of 100,000 speakers of Asturian appeared to be a reasonable estimate. In addition, about 250,000 people declared they were able to understand the language. However, a similar survey was repeated in 1991 and the results were rather different. While in 1983 only 12% of the Asturian population declared they spoke the language, in 1991 the number of speakers within the population was 44% (about 450,000 people). About 80,000 and 60,000 people declare being able to read and write it. In addition to this, another 24% of the Asturian population understand the language. Thus, 68% of the people at least understand Asturian (Source: Llera Ramo, F.: Los Asturianos y la Llengua Asturiana. Conseyería d'Educación, Uviéu, 1994).

    At the end of the 20th century, the Academia de la Llingua Asturiana (Academy of the Asturian Language) made efforts to provide the language with most of the tools needed by a language to ensure its survival: a grammar, a dictionary, and periodicals. A new generation of Asturian writers have also championed the language. These developments give the Asturian language a greater hope of survival.


    Asturian language Historical, social and cultural aspects



    Asturian language History of the literature

    Idealized portrait of Antón de Marirreguera (17th century).
    Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, writer, jurist y politic neoclassical statesman (1744–1811), who projected the creation of an Academy of the Asturian Language.

    Some documents appear from as early as the 10th century containing the clear linguistic features of Asturian. However, it is from the 13th century onwards that it becomes possible to speak of a wealth of documentation in Asturian: writing by notaries, contracts, wills and the like.[14][15] The importance of the Asturian language in the Middle Ages is revealed, for example, in the Fuero de Avilés (1085) (the oldest Romanic parchment preserved in Asturias)[16] and the Fuero de Oviedo, in the Leonese version of the Fueru Xulgu as well.

    All of these 13th century documents were legal in nature and acted as the laws for towns and cities or for the population at large.[17] However, it is of note that by the second half of the 16th century documents were clearly coming to be written in the Castilian language, backed deliberately by the Trastámara Dynasty making the civil and ecclesiastical service of the Principality of Castilian origin. As a result, the Asturian language disappeared from written texts (sieglos escuros 'Dark centuries') but continued to survive orally by being handed down from generation to generation. The only reference in this time is a work of Hernán Núñez (1555) about Proverbs and adages, "[...] ...in a large copy of rare languages, as Portuguese, Galician, Asturian, Catalan, Valencian, French, Tuscan..."[18]

    Modern Asturian literature began in the 17th century with the clergyman Antón González Reguera (1605) and continued up until the 18th century when it produced, according to Ruiz de la Peña (1981), a literature that could stand up to the best written in Asturias in the same period in the Castilian language.

    In the 18th century, the erudite and intellectual Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos (1744), was conscious of the historical and cultural value of what he termed “our language” and expressed the urgency for the compilation of a dictionary and a grammar and for the creation of a Language Academy. It took more than a century for the efforts of Asturian politicians to turn this into reality.

    Other important writers were: Fernán Coronas (1884), etc...

    In 1974, which was a symbolic year, a movement for acceptance and usage of the language surfaced once again in Asturias. Based on the ideas of the Asturian association named "Conceyu Bable", regarding Asturian language and culture, an argument was devised for the acceptance and modernization of the language that led to the development of an official institution for establishing Asturian language norms. In 1980 the Academy of the Asturian Language (1980), created with the approval of the Regional Council of Asturias (the transitory government body of Asturias).

    Besides this, there was unprecedented literary activity, a production that breaks away from the system of subordination, of costumbrism and gender limitation: "El Surdimientu" (Awakening). Authors such as Lluis Antón González and dozens more writers appeared, amongst others who wrote in the language of these territories in line with contemporary trends and guidelines, breaking away from the Asturian-Leonese tradition of rural themes, moral messages and dialogue-style writing, to put Asturian language literature on the map.

    Nowadays the Asturian language is a living reality within the territory of Asturias, with about 150 annual publications,[19] while small communities speaking Asturian can also be found in areas that do not belong administratively to the Principality.


    Asturian language Use and distribution

    Geographical distribution

    The geographical area of Asturian exceeds the administrative framework of the Autonomous Community of the Principality of Asturias so that the language known as Leonese in the Autonomous Community in Castile and León is basically the same as the one known as Asturian in Asturias. The fact that the geographical area is divided in two Spanish autonomous communities makes the recognition and promotion of this language in Asturias, although clearly insufficient, not to be regarded in Castile and León where the language in completely nonexistent in the official educative system, and lack measures of promotion by the autonomous administration.

    The Asturian-Leonese linguistic domain covers nowadays approximately most of the principality of Asturias, the north and west of the province of León, the northeast of Zamora (both provinces in Castile and León), western Cantabria, and the region of Miranda do Douro in the east of the Portuguese district of Bragança. However, the main objective of this article is the autonomous community of Asturias.


    Asturian language Toponymy

    Year 2011
      Conceyos (municipalities) whose traditional place names has been made official by law.
      Conceyos waiting for approval.
      Conceyos whose had been initiated the process.
      Conceyos without initiated process.

    Traditional and popular place names of the towns of the Principality is enjoying significant progress in recent years, in the context of the "Ley de Uso" (law on usage of Asturian) and the "Principality’s 2003–07 plan for Establishment of the Language",[20] with the work of the Xunta Asesora de Toponimia,[21] which with its validation of, and research into, the names of those villages, towns, conceyos (municipalities) and cities that have requested it, has been able to achieve official status for them — of which there are 50 out of 78 conceyos at the moment (2012), with a further 28 conceyos at varied stages in the process—. In Leonese areas, there have been no officially recognized Asturian-Leonese names for the towns, and no research has been undertaken into this or any record of possible names has been made.


    Asturian language Dialectal variation


    Linguistic varieties of Asturias, attending only to purely linguistic criteria: Western Asturian, Central Asturian and Eastern Asturian
    Linguistic map of asturian es.svg

    Asturias has also its own dialectal variation. Asturian is regulated by Academy of the Asturian Language and is mostly spoken in the Principality of Asturias (except for the westernmost part where Galician-Asturian is spoken). The dialects in adjoining areas of Castile and León have continuity with the Asturian dialects; in that area they are referred to as Leonese. Attending only to purely linguistic criteria, the Asturian language is traditionally divided into three dialectal areas, which share their traits with the dialects spoken in León:[22] Western Asturian, Central Asturian, and Eastern Asturian. Intelligibility among the three dialects is adequate. Central Asturian has the most speakers (+80%) and has been taken as the basis for normative Asturian: the first Asturian grammar was published in 1998. The first normative dictionary was published in 2000.


    Asturian language Western Asturian

    Western Asturian, is a linguistic variety in Western Asturian lands between the rivers Navia and Nalón, and western provinces of León, where is called Leonese as endonym, Zamora and Salamanca. Its area is defined by the following traits:

    – Female plurals in -as.
    – Maintenance of falling diphthongs /ei/ /ou/.

    Asturian language Central Asturian

    Area between the Sella river and a full line from the mouth of the Nalón river, in Asturias, and north of León. It has been taken as the model for the written language. Its area is defined by these traits:

    – Female plurals in -es.
    – Compression of diphthongs /ou/, /ei/ in /o/ and /e/.
    Neutral gender (neutro de materia 'neuter of matter')[23] in adjectives applied to uncountable nouns. Examples: lleche frío, carne tienro. This distinguishes it from the Western Asturian area.

    Asturian language Eastern Asturian

    Eastern Asturian is a variant spoken between the Sella river and Llanes area, and the limit of Cabrales (Peñamellera Alta). This area is defined by the following traits:

    – Sound 'voiceless glottal fricative' (represented with the spelling ) in words that usually begins in "f" in the rest of the linguistic domain. Examples: ḥoguera, ḥacer, ḥigos, ḥornu, instead of foguera, facer, figos and fornu.
    – Female plurals in -as. Examples: ḥabas, ḥormigas, ḥiyas. (except in the towns closest to the eastern bank Seya where -es is kept: ḥabes, ḥormigues, ḥiyes, etc.)
    – Final transformation of -e in -i. Examples: xenti, tardi, ḥuenti.
    – In some areas, it retains the neutral gender[23] closing -o in -u: agua friu, xenti güenu, ropa tendíu, carne guisáu, etc.
    – In some municipalities (conceyos) bordering the Sella river, both east and west, appears in its pronominal system differentiating between direct pronouns me/te and indirect mi/ti. Examples: busquéte (a ti) y alcontréte/busquéti les llaves y alcontrétiles, llévame (a mi)/llévami la fesoria/h.osoria en carru.

    Transitional varieties

    The Asturian language has dialectal continuity with Cantabrian dialect to the east, and with Eonavian to the west:


    Asturian language Linguistic description


    Asturian belongs to Astur-Leonese linguistic group, which forms part of the Ibero-Romance languages, typologically and phylogenetically close to Galician-Portuguese, Castilian and less to Navarro-Aragonese. It's a typologically inflecting/Fusional language, head-initial and dependent-marking language and the basic order is SVO (declarative sentences without topicalization).


    Asturian language Phonology

    The transcript is consistent with the rules of the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA).

    Vowels

    Asturian distinguishes five vowel phonemes according to three degrees of vowel openness (close, mid and open) and backness (front, central and back).

    front central back
    close i u
    mid e o
    open a

    Consonants

    labial dental alveolar palatal velar
    stop voiceless p t k
    voiced b d ʝ ɡ
    fricative f θ s ʃ
    nasal m n ɲ
    lateral l ʎ
    flap r, ɾ

    Notes:

    • /b, d, ɡ/ may be lenited in certain environments.
    • /n/ is pronounced [ŋ] in coda position.
    • /ɡ/ is usually pronounced as a voiced fricative word-initially.

    Asturian language Writing

    Since the earliest texts, the Latin alphabet was used in the Asturian language. In 1981, the Academia de la Llingua Asturiana (Academy of the Asturian Language) published its orthographic rules.[25] However, in the Terra de Miranda (Portugal) different spelling rules are used.

    Asturian orthographic rules in reading and writing practice shows clearly the model pursued in the written language that can be summarized by saying that it is based on a five-vowel system units /a e i o u/ with three aperture degrees and double location. Similarly, it has the following consonant units: /p t tʃ k b d ʝ g f θ s ʃ m n ɲ l ʎ r ɾ/ . The model approaches to a written form where the phenomenon of -u metaphony is not frequent, nor the presence of decrescent diphthongs / ei, ou /, usually in the west area. Although they can be written, ḷḷ (che vaqueira, also represented formerly with spellings such as "ts") and the eastern aspiration (also represented as "h.") corresponding to ll and f don't appear in this model. Grammatically, the language offers triple gender distinction in the adjective, feminine plurals with -es, verb endings with -es, -en, -íes, íen, absence of compound tenses[25] (or periphrasis constructed with "tener", etc.).

    The model is not arbitrary, since it is provided as a rather common possibility in former writers, although the focus on the central varieties is a fact, the written form does not considers any spoken dialect as a main model. In the same way, the development of any local variety is accepted. In addition, speech with which students are familiar is mindful in teaching, necessary condition to achieving a proper pedagogy.

    Alphabet

    Graphemes
    Uppercase A B C D E F G H I L M N Ñ O P R S T U V X Y Z
    Lowcase a b c d e f g h i l m n ñ o p r s t u v x y z
    Name a be ce de e efe gue hache i ele eme ene eñe o pe erre ese te u uve xe ye zeta (*)
    Phoneme /a/ /b/ /θ/, /k/ /d/ /e/ /f/ /ɡ/ /i/ /l/ /m/ /n/ /ɲ/ /o/ /p/ /r/, /ɾ/ /s/ /t/ /u/ /b/ /ʃ/, /ks/ /ʝ/ /θ/
    • (*) also zeda, ceda

    Digraphs

    Hache y hache aspirada.png
    Che vaqueira.png

    Asturian also has several digraphs, some of which have their own names.

    Digraph Name Phoneme
    ch che /t͡ʃ/
    gu (+ e, i) (gue u) /ɡ/
    ll elle /ʎ/
    qu (+ e, i) (cu u) /k/
    rr erre doble /r/
    ts (te ese) /t͡s/ (dialectal)
    yy (ye doble) /ɟ͡ʝ/ (dialectal)

    Dialectal spellings

    Furthermore, the letter h and the digraph ll can have their sound changed to represent dialectal pronunciation by underdotting the letters, resulting and digraph ḷḷ

    Normal Pronunciation Dotted Pronunciation Examples
    ll /ʎ/ /t͡s/, /ɖʐ/, /ɖ/ and /ʈʂ/ ḷḷeite, ḷḷinu
    h /h/, /x/ ḥou, ḥenu, ḥuera
    • The "" is commonly in the place names of Eastern Asturian, and in words that have the beginning in f in the rest of the linguistic domain,[26] while certain workarounds as h. and l.l were used in the past to solve the lack of the real characters for printing.

    Asturian language Grammar

    The grammar of Asturian resembles that of other Romance languages. Nouns have two genders (masculine and feminine), two numbers (singular and plural), and no cases. Adjectives can have a third gender (neuter), a grammatical phenomenon widely studied in the Asturian continuum and known as "matter-neutrality".[26] Verbs agree with their subjects in person (first, second, or third) and number, and additionally are conjugated to indicate mood (indicative, subjunctive, conditional, or imperative), tense (often present or past; different moods allow different possible tenses), and aspect (perfective or imperfective).[26]

    Morphological features

    Gender

    Asturian is the only western Romance language that possesses three genders: masculine, feminine and neuter.

    • 1. Masculine nouns usually end by -u and sometimes by -e or consonant: el tiempu ('the time, the weather'), l’home ('the man'), el pantalón ('the trousers'), el xeitu ('the way, the mode'), etc.
    • 2. Feminine nouns usually end by -a, but not always: la casa ('the house'), la xente ('the people'), la nueche ('the night').
    • 3. Neuter nouns can have any ending in the nouns. In fact, Asturian neuters are of three kinds:
      • Masculine neuters: they have a masculine form and take a masculine article: el fierro vieyo ('old iron').
      • Feminine neuters: they have a feminine form and take a feminine article: la lleche frío ('cold milk')
      • Pure neuters: they are not nouns but nominal groups with and adjective and neuters pronouns: lo guapo d’esti asuntu ye... ('the interesting [thing] of this issue is...')
    Neuter is marked specially in the adjective. So most adjectives have three endings: -u (masc.), -a (fem.) and -o (neuter), which are respectively:
    • El vasu ta fríu ('the glass is cold'), tengo la mano fría ('my hand is cold'), l’agua ta frío ('the water is cold')

    The use of neuter is rather complex in Asturian; anyway neuters nouns have no plural (except in some cases, where they are taken metaphorically, in which case the lose this gender, such as in les agües tán fríes (Waters are cold) or when you want to concretise an abstract noun:

    • Tien el pelo roxo ('his hair is red') is neuter but:
    • Tien un pelu roxu ('he’s got a red hair') is masculine. By the way, look at the change of ending in the noun). Neuters nouns refer to abstract, collective and uncountable nouns.

    Singular and plural

    The formation of plural is not simple at all. It is formed according to the following schedule:

    • Masculine nouns ending by -u-os: texu (yew) → texos
    • Feminine nouns ending by -a-es: vaca (cow) → vaques
    • Masculine or feminine nouns ending by consonant: nothing > -es: animal (animal) → animales; xabón (soap) → xabones
    • Words end-ing in -z may take -os in masculine in order to distinguish the masculine plural from the feminine one: rapaz (boy)> rapazos; rapaza (girl)> rapaces.
    • Masculine nouns ending by -ín-inos: camín (way, path) → caminos. In this case the etymological vowel is re-established.
    • Feminine nouns ending by , -ada, -aes / -úes where the original etymo-logical vowel is re-established: ciudá (city) → ciudaes; cansada (tired fem.) → cansaes; virtú (virtue) → virtúes.

    Determiners

    Its forms are:

    Definite article
    Singular Plural
    masc. fem. neuter masc. fem.
    Before cons el la lo los les
    Before vowel l' la / l' *
    Indefinite article
    Singular Plural
    masc. fem. masc. fem.
    un una unos unes

    *Only before words beginning by a-: l’aigla ('the eagle'), l’alma ('the soul'), but: la entrada ('the entry'), la islla ('the island').


    Asturian language Vocabulary

    The vast majority of the words of the Asturias, as the other Romance languages, come from the Latin:

    ablana, agua, falar, güeyu, home, llibru, muyer, pesllar, pexe, prau, suañar.

    To this Latin basis, we must add words that entered in the Asturian lexicon background, from languages spoken before the arrival of the Latin (Substratum) or after (superstratum). To the influence of substratum and superstratum are added subsequent loans from other languages.

    Substratum

    There is very little information about the language of the ancient astures, although it is possible that it was related with two Indo-European languages: Celtic and Lusitanian. The words of the ancient astures or other pre–Indo-European languages spoken in this area, are grouped under the name of prelatinian substratum. Several examples are:
    bedul, boroña, brincar, bruxa, cándanu, cantu, carrascu, comba, cuetu, güelga, llamuerga, llastra, llócara, matu, peñera, riega, tapín, zucar...
    Also, many Celtic words were integrated into Latin, and later to the Asturian language.
    bragues, camisa, carru, cerveza, sayu...

    Superstratum

    The languages that came after Latin, were very important in the development of the Asturian language. In this case, they were particularly important Germanisms and Arabisms:
    • Germanisms
    The Germanic peoples who stood in the Iberian Peninsula, especially Goths and Suevi, added words to Asturian like:
    blancu, esquila, estaca, mofu, serón, espetar, gadañu o tosquilar.
    • Arabisms
    The Arabisms could reach Asturian language directly, through contacts between the Asturian domain speakers with Arabs, or Southern Peninsula. In other cases could reach through the Castilian language. Some examples:
    acebache, alfaya, altafarra, bañal, ferre, galbana, mandil, safase, xabalín, zuna, zucre

    Loans

    The Asturian language also received much of its lexicon, from languages as Castilian, French, Occitan or Galician. In order of importance, the Spanish forms are in the first place on the list of loans to the Asturian. However in some cases, due to the great closeness between Castilian and the Asturian is quite difficult to know if a word is borrowed from Castilian, a common result to both languages from Latin, or a loan of the same Asturian into Castilian. Some Castilian forms in Asturian are:
    Loans
    Castilian echar, antoxu, guerrilla, xamón, siesta, rexa, vainilla, xaréu...
    Galician cachelos, chombada, quimada.
    French arranchar, chalana, xófer, espáis, foina, galipote, malvís, pote, sable, somier, tolete, vagamar, xarré...
    Occitan hostal, parrocha, tolla.
    Evolution from Latin to Galician, Asturian, and Castilian
    Latin[27] Galician[28] Asturian[29] Castilian
    Diphthongation of Ŏ y Ĕ
    PŎRTA(M) (door) porta puerta puerta
    ŎCULU(M) (eye) ollo güeyu
    güechu
    ojo
    TĔMPUS, TĔMPŎR- (time) tempo tiempu tiempo
    TĔRRA(M) (land) terra tierra tierra
    F- (initial position)
    FACĔRE (to do) facer facer
    facere
    hacer
    FĔRRU(M) (iron) ferro fierru hierro
    L- (initial position)
    LĀRE(M) (home) lar llar
    ḷḷar
    lar
    LŬPU(M) (wolf) lobo llobu
    ḷḷobu
    lobo
    N- (initial position)
    NATIVITĀTE(M) (Christmas) nadal nadal
    ñavidá
    navidad
    Palatalization of PL-, CL-, FL-
    PLĀNU(M) (plane) chan ḷḷanu
    llanu
    llano
    CLĀVE(M) (key) chave ḷḷave
    llave
    llave
    FLĂMMA(M) (flame) chama ḷḷama
    llama
    llama
    Rising diphthongs
    CAUSA(M) (cause) cousa cousa
    cosa
    cosa
    FERRARĬU(M) (smith) ferreiro ferreiru
    ferreru
    herrero
    Palatalization of -CT- y -LT-
    FĂCTU(M) (fact) feito feitu
    fechu
    hecho
    NŎCTE(M) (night) noite nueite
    nueche
    noche
    MŬLTU(M) (much) muito muncho mucho
    AUSCULTĀRE (to listen) escoitar escuchar escuchar
    Group -M'N-
    HŎMINE(M) (man) home home hombre
    FĂME(M) (hunger, famine) fame fame hambre
    LŪMEN, LŪMĬN- (fire) lume llume
    ḷḷume
    lumbre
    -L- intervocalic
    GĚLU(M) (ice) xeo xelu hielo
    FILICTU(M) (fern) fieito felechu helecho
    -ll-
    CASTĚLLU(M) (castle) castelo castiellu
    castieḷḷu
    castillo
    -N- intervocalic
    RĀNA(M) (frog) ra rana rana
    Group -LY-
    MULĬERE(M) (woman) muller muyer mujer
    Groups -C'L-, -T'L-, -G'L-
    NOVACŬLA(M) (penknife) navalla navaya navaja
    VETŬLU(M) (old) vello vieyu viejo
    TEGŬLA(M) (tile) tella teya teja

    Asturian language Lexical comparison



    Asturian language

    Asturian Galician Latin

    Pá nuesu que tas nel cielu, santificáu seya'l to nome. Amiye'l to reinu, fágase la to voluntá, lo mesmo na tierra que'n cielu. El nuesu pan de tolos díes dánoslu güei ya perdónanos les nueses ofenses, lo mesmo que nós facemos colos que nos faltaron. Nun nos dexes cayer na tentación, ya llíbranos del mal. Amén.

    Noso Pai que estás no ceo: santificado sexa o teu nome, veña a nós o teu reino e fágase a túa vontade aquí na terra coma no ceo. O noso pan de cada día dánolo hoxe; e perdóanos as nosas ofensas como tamén perdoamos nós a quen nos ten ofendido; e non nos deixes caer na tentación, mais líbranos do mal. Amén.

    Pater noster, qui es in caelis, Sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, Sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie. Et dimitte nobis debita nostra, Sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem: Sed libera nos a malo. Amen


    Asturian language Education



    Asturian language Primary and Secondary

    Although Spanish (Castilian) is the official language used in all schools in Asturias, in many of them children are allowed to take Asturian language classes from the ages of 6 to 16. Optional classes are offered from ages 16 to 19. The Central area of Asturias (Nalón and Caudal comarcas), has the highest schooling in Asturian language, with almost 80% of students in primary, plus 30% in secondary.[30] Gijón/Xixón comarca, remains with percentages above 52% and 13% in Primary and Secondary zones are continuously growing as Oviedo/Uviéu, Eo-Navia and Oriente (Eastern comarca).

    Development schooling in Asturian language.[31][32]

    Asturian language University

    The current charter of the University of Oviedo expressly indicates in Article 6 that: “The University of Oviedo, due to its historical, social and economic links with the Principality of Asturias, will devote particular attention to the cultural aspects and collective interests of Asturias. The Asturian Language will be treated appropriately in accordance with legislation. Nobody will be discriminated against for using it”.[33]

    In other words, Asturian can be used at the university in line with the Use of Asturian Act. However, practice shows that this is a minority activity and is preferred for subjects related to the philological study of Asturian (linguistic, socio-linguistic, educational, etc.). The Scientific Memoranda of the University show the increased presence of courses and scientific work that employ Asturian. In the courses based in the Department of Philology and Educational Sciences, there are distinct subjects[34] relating to the Asturian language that show an acceptance and demand among students.

    Also, with the new Bologna process people will be able to study Asturian Philology in the same way as Spanish Philology [2], and school-teachers will be able to do a speciality in the Asturian language. But these two possibilities can only be studied in the University of Oviedo.


    Asturian language Internet


    Many internet pages use the Asturian language; Government[35] the council's pages, blogs,[36] music groups' pages, Social networking services[37] and more.

    Ubuntu offers Asturian as a full operating system language.[38][39] Also Debian and Fedora is offered in asturian language. Supply of software products in Asturian language is large: Firefox, Thunderbird, LibreOffice, VLC, GNOME, Chromium, KDE, etc. (...see more [3])


    Asturian language Dictionaries and Translators


    Asturian language See also



    Asturian language References


    1. ^ Asturian reference at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    2. ^ a b "Asturian in Asturias in Spain". Database for the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. Public Foundation for European Comparative Minority Research. Retrieved 19 June 2013. 
    3. ^ "Asturian". Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2013. 
    4. ^ a b Art. 1 de la Ley 1/1998, de 23 de marzo, de uso y promoción del bable/asturiano/Law 1/93, of March 23, on the Use and Promotion of the Asturian Language.
    5. ^ Ethnologue report for Asturian
    6. ^ http://www.elcomerciodigital.com/gijon/20090112/local/asturias/miembro-andecha-astur-enfrenta-200901121726.html
    7. ^ See: Euromosaic report
    8. ^ http://cvc.cervantes.es/lengua/thesaurus/pdf/04/TH_04_003_141_0.pdf
    9. ^ http://arqueologiaypatrimonio.blogspot.com.es/2009/12/el-ayuntamiento-adquiere-una.html
    10. ^ Bauske 1995
    11. ^ PROEL Report
    12. ^ Llera Ramo 1994
    13. ^ http://www.unioviedo.es/reunido/index.php/RFA/article/download/9260/9111
    14. ^ http://www.uoc.edu/euromosaic/web/document/asturia/an/i1/i1.html
    15. ^ http://www.ciemen.org/mercator/pdf/ML_WP25_eng.pdf page 16
    16. ^ http://www.grufia.com/Ficheros/Fuero%20de%20Aviles.pdf
    17. ^ http://www.ciemen.org/mercator/pdf/ML_WP25_eng.pdf page 16
    18. ^ Los refranes o proverbios en Romance, Hernán Nuñez, pag 12 This document has got a unique reference, supposedly in Asturian: "Quien passa por Ruycande y no bebe, o muere de hambre, o no ha sede" Who passes through Ruycande Village and do not drink, or starves or don not have thirst", Hernán Nunez, Refranes o Proverbios en romance que coligio y gloso el comenadador Hernán Nunez, professor de retorica y griego en la Universidad de Salamanca, Lerida, año 1621, p. 81.
    19. ^ Catalog of publications in 2011
    20. ^ Decretu 98/2002, de 18 de xunetu pel que s'establez el procedimientu de recuperación y afitamientu de la toponimia asturiana
    21. ^ Xunta asesora de Toponimia. 38/2002, de 4 d'abril, pel que se regula la Xunta Asesora de Toponimia del Principau d'Asturies
    22. ^ http://www.uoc.edu/euromosaic/web/document/asturia/an/i1/i1.html
    23. ^ a b Xulio Viejo Fdz. Univerdad de Oviedo Based on a work of ANDRÉS DIAZ, R. 1993: "Emplegu del neutru n'asturianu", Lletres Asturianes 49, págs.49–84, IDEM 1994: "Aspeutos morfolóxicos del neutru n'asturianu", Editorial Complutense, Madrid, págs. 9–30, IDEM 1998: "Concordancias y referencias neutras en asturiano", Atti del XX/Congresso Internaziomale di Linguistica e Filologia Romanza (Palermo 18–24 settembre 1995), Max Niemeyer, Tübingen, v.II, págs. 39–47.
    24. ^ UNESCO Interactive Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger, where cantabrian language is listed in the Astur-Leonese linguistic group.
    25. ^ a b Normes ortográfiques de la Llingua Asturiana
    26. ^ a b c Academia de la Llingua Asturiana, Gramática de la Llingua Asturiana, tercera edición, Oviedo: Academia de la Llingua Asturiana (2001), ISBN 84-8168-310-8, http://www.academiadelallingua.com/diccionariu/gramatica_llingua.pdf
    27. ^ Segura Munguía, Santiago (2001). Nuevo diccionario etimológico latín-español y de las voces derivadas. Universidad de Deusto. ISBN 978-84-7485-754-2. 
    28. ^ Seminario de Lexicografía (1990). Diccionario da lingua galega. Real Academia Gallega. ISBN 978-84-600-7509-7. 
    29. ^ Diccionariu de la llingua asturiana. Academia de la Lengua Asturiana. 2000. ISBN 978-84-8168-208-3. 
    30. ^ http://archivo.lavozdeasturias.es/html/263549.html (2006)
    31. ^ http://www.asturies.com/espaciuytiempu/escolarizacion
    32. ^ http://www.academiadelallingua.com/lletresasturianes/pdf/Lletres%2078%20%28dixital%29.pdf
    33. ^ http://www.crue.org/export/sites/Crue/legislacion/documentos/estatutosuniversidades/Oviedo.pdf
    34. ^ http://directo.uniovi.es/catalogo/FichaAsignatura.asp?asignatura=2123 http://directo.uniovi.es/catalogo/FichaAsignatura.asp?asignatura=2123, Conocimiento global de la realidad la lengua asturiana, de su unidad e independencia al margen de los fenómenos de variación interna y de su integración en el marco hispano-románico, a partir de un enfoque esencialmente histórico y diacrónico.
    35. ^ Government of the Principality of Asturias – Official Website
    36. ^ Blog Channel in Asturian language
    37. ^ Ximielga.me Social networking service in Asturian
    38. ^ http://www.jonobacon.org/2009/09/30/ubuntu-in-your-language
    39. ^ Stats of Translations in Ubuntu 12.10

    Asturian language Bibliography


    • (Spanish) Llera Ramo, F. (1994) Los Asturianos y la Lengua Asturiana: Estudio Sociolingüístico para Asturias-1991. Oviedo: Consejería de Educación y Cultura del Principado de Asturias ISBN 84-7847-297-5.
    • Wurm, Stephen A. (ed) (2001) Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger of Disappearing. Unesco ISBN 92-3-103798-6.
    • (English) M.Teresa Turell (2001). Multilingualism in Spain: Sociolinguistic and Psycholinguistic Aspects of Linguistic Minority Groups. ISBN 1-85359-491-1
    • (English) Mercator-Education (2002): European Network for Regional or Minority Languages and Education. "The Asturian language in education in Spain" ISSN 1570-1239

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