'Dead language' spoken by over 10,000 in Aragon

Aragonese “is not a living language”, according to the organizers of Expo Zaragoza 2008.

Ligallo de Fablans de l'Aragonés, an NGO that protects Aragonese language and the rights of its speakers, has recently reported that Expo Zaragoza 2008, which will take place in the capital of the autonomous community of Aragon, will not provide visitors with any information in Aragonese because it is "not a living language" and is "not currently used in our society".


Aragonese is a Romance language spoken mainly in the Pyrenees, a mountain chain in the North of the Peninsula. It has no official recognition in Aragon nor in Spain, despite being spoken by several thousand of people (around 11,000 according to some estimates).