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Burgundian language (Oïl)

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Native toFrance
Native speakers
50,000 have some knowledge of the language (1988)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Linguasphere51-AAA-hk & 51-AAA-hl
Situation of Burgundian among the Oïl languages.

The Burgundian language is an Oïl language spoken in Burgundy and particularly in the Morvan area of the region.

Name[change | change source]

It is also known by French names Bourguignon-morvandiau, Bourguignon, and Morvandiau,

Influences[change | change source]

Burgundian has being in contact with Germanic languages in several occasions:

The Arpitan language has influenced dialects of the south along the Saône river, such as Brionnais-Charolais.

Literature[change | change source]

Very little literature from before the 19th century has survived. In 1854 the Papal Bull Ineffabilis Deus was translated into two Burgundian dialects:

  • the Abbé Jacques-François Baudiau translated it to the Morvan dialect,
  • the Abbé Lereuil translated it into the Dijon dialect.

By the end of the 19th century, some writers created an original literature:

  • Achille Millien (1838–1927) collected songs from the oral tradition in the Nivernais.
  • Louis de Courmont was a chansonnier. After working in Paris, he returned to his native region.
  • Emile Blin wrote some stories for tourists. A colleciton of them was published in 1933 under the title Le Patois de Chez Nous.
  • Alfred Guillaume published in 1923 a book in Burgundian, L'âme du Morvan.
  • Marinette Janvier published Ma grelotterie (1974) and Autour d'un teugnon (1989).

References[change | change source]

  1. "Bourguignon-morvandiau | Défense et promotion des langues d'oïlDéfense et promotion des langues d'oïl". Archived from the original on 2012-06-17. Retrieved 2021-09-21.

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