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I heard basque fronts the same problem: a unified language nobody really spoke in villages.


> Date:    Thu, 26 Dec 2013 17:09:06 +0000
> From:    Bill Chapman <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Occitan as a base for an Auxlang
> 
> It was interesting to see the reference to Occitan.
> 
> I first came across Occitan many years ago, when I spent a year (1971-72)
> in Bordeaux, where I was in touch with a group called Cercle des Jeunes
> Occitanistes. It was made clear to me then that this language is itself
> something of a construct.I attended an evening class in the language in
> Montauban about four years ago, where much of the discussion centred on "In
> my village"..."
> 
> .
> 
> “Occitan is fundamentally defined by its dialects, rather than being a
> unitary language “ (Wikipedia). This was what people have confirmed to me
> many times over the decades. Indeed, some speakers of what is now called
> Occitan deny that they speak the language at all. They say that they
> speak  Gascon,
> Provençal or, simply “le patois”.
> 
> 
> 
> Bill Chapman