Asturian language

Asturian (/æˈstjʊəriən/; asturianu [astuˈɾjanʊ],[3] formerly also known as bable [ˈbaβlɪ]) is a West Iberian Romance language spoken in the Principality of Asturias, Spain.[4] Asturian is part of a wider linguistic group, the Astur-Leonese languages. The number of speakers is estimated at 100,000 (native) and 450,000 (second language).[5] The dialects of the Astur-Leonese language family are traditionally classified in 3 groups: Western, Central, and Eastern. For historical and demographic reasons, the standard is based on Central Asturian. Asturian has a distinct grammar, dictionary, and orthography. It is regulated by the Academy of the Asturian Language. Although it is not an official language of Spain[6] it is protected under the Statute of Autonomy of Asturias and is an elective language in schools.[7] For much of its history, the language has been ignored or "subjected to repeated challenges to its status as a language variety" due to its lack of official status.[8]

Native toSpain
Native speakers
351,791[1] (2017)
641,502 L1 + L2 speakers (2017)
Official status
Recognised minority
language in
Regulated byAcademia de la Llingua Asturiana
Language codes
ISO 639-2ast
ISO 639-3ast
Linguistic area of Astur-Leonese, including Asturian
Victor speaking Asturian.