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Frans_Jozef
Sunday, July 22nd, 2007, 06:31 PM
Walloon is spoken nowadays in the modern Belgian provinces of Hainaut, Lige, Namur, Luxembourg, and southern Brabant (they are called often Wallonia), in tiny parts of Northwestern France (mainly in the city of Givret in the departement of the Ardennes), and in the region of Green Bay in the United States (Wisconsin), where a compact group of Walloons settled in the 19th century. Walloon was previously spread in Luxembourg also, where it disappeared recently.


It is estimated that Walloon is used actively by 10-20% of the total population of Wallonia or between 300,000 and 600,000 people. The proportion of those who can understand it is higher. The proportion of those who can read and write is very small indeed. There are only few monolingual speakers, although there are still more than a handful whose main language is Walloon, especially among the elderly generations.


More on the Walloon language:

http://www.orbilat.com/Languages/Walloon/

Gorm the Old
Monday, July 23rd, 2007, 04:02 PM
I hate to see any language die. If there is any interest in preserving it as a vernacular, even if only in a very small segment of the population, I think that it should be fostered.