Native toFrance
RegionAuvergne, Puy-de-Dôme, Haute-Loire, Allier, Cantal, Communities in Limousin
Native speakers
80,000 (2004)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3
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Auvergnat or Auvergnat language[5] (endonym: auvernhat) is a language or dialect spoken in France in part of the Massif Central and in particular, in most of Auvergne, the province that gives it its name.

Since there are no universally accepted criteria for distinguishing languages from dialects, there is no real consensus on the structural nature of Auvergnat. It is generally classified as a dialect of Occitan but some linguists and academics consider it a Romance language in its own right.[6][7] With around 80,000 speakers in the Auvergne region at the beginning of the 21st century, the language appears to be seriously threatened.


Auvergnat falls under the following categories and subcategories: Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Italo-Western, Gallo-Iberian, Gallo-Romance, Occitan.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Auvergnat
arpetan: Ôvèrgnat
asturianu: Alvernés
français: Auvergnat
한국어: 오베르뉴어
Kongo: Kinobenia
Novial: Alverniatum
occitan: Auvernhat
Piemontèis: Lenga auvergnat
português: Occitano auvernês
română: Auvergnata