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The Parlanjhe area, with the main cities in the dialect
Santongeais with the Little-Gavacherie
Greeting card in normalised Poitevin-Saintongeais

Poitevin-Saintongeais (Poetevin-séntunjhaes;[1] also called Parlanjhe, Aguiain or even Aguiainais in French) is the language spoken in the Centre West of France officially recognised by the French Ministry of Culture as a whole with two dialects, Poitevin and Saintongeais.[2] This classification is a subgroup of the Romance languages, and the Oïl language group. The dialects of this language are spoken in the areas of Poitou and Saintonge in Nouvelle-Aquitaine and Pays de la Loire. It is classified as severely endangered by UNESCO.[3]


  1. ^ Produccions, Tirabol (13 August 2012). "Lo peitavin-santongés, una lenga sòrre e emergenta". Jornalet (in Occitan).
  2. ^ "Langues régionales" (in French). Ministère de la Culture. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  3. ^ "UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in danger". UNESCO. Retrieved 1 April 2018.

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