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Valencian
valencià
Pronunciation [valensiˈa] or [ba-]
Native to Spain
Region Valencia, Murcia (Carche)
See also geographic distribution of Catalan
Ethnicity Valencians
Native speakers 2.4 million  (2004)
Language family
Indo-European
Writing system Catalan orthography (Latin script)
Official status
Official language in

In Spain:

 Valencian Community
Regulated by Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua
Extensió del valencià al País Valencià.svg

Valencian (valencià) is the historical, traditional, and official name used in the Valencian Community (Spain) for the language spoken in this region, also known as Catalan (català) in the Spanish Autonomous Communities of Catalonia, Aragon and the Balearic Islands; in the country of Andorra; in the southern French region of the Roussillon; and in the Italian city of Alghero on the island of Sardinia.

In linguistics "Valencian" is also used to identify this distinctive variant spoken in central and southern Valencia which has gained its own currency within the Catalan domain.


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