Valencian or Valencian language (  /; Valencian endonym valencià, llengua valenciana or idioma valencià ) [valensiˈa, ba-] is the historical, traditional and official name used in the [note 1] (Spain), and extra-officially in the El Carche in comarca (Spain), Murcia    for referring to the  also known as Romance language . Catalan     The Valencian Community's 1982  and the Statute of Autonomy officially recognize Valencian as the regional language. Spanish Constitution 
, it is used for referring either to the language as a whole or to the Valencian specific linguistic forms. glottonym  . According to philological studies, the varieties of this language spoken in the Valencian Community and El Carche cannot be considered a dialect restricted to these borders: the several  (Alicante's Valencian, Southern Valencian, Central Valencian or Apitxat, Castellón's Valencian and transitional Valencian) belong to the Western group of Catalan dialects. dialects of Valencian [note 2] [note 3] [note 4]  Valencian displays transitional features between  and Ibero-Romance languages . Its similarity with Gallo-Romance languages has led many authors to group it under the Occitan . Occitano-Romance languages
There is a
regarding its status as a glottonym or as a language on its own since most people in the Valencian Community consider it as a separate language, different from controversy within the Valencian Community . Catalan  According to the 2006  Valencian is regulated by the Statute of Autonomy , Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua by means of the  . Normes de Castelló Due to not having been officially recognized for a long time, the number of speakers has severely decreased, and the influence of Spanish has led to the adoption of a huge amount of  . loanwords 
Some of the most important works of
experienced a golden age during the Valencian literature and Late Middle Ages . Important works include the Renaissance 's Joanot Martorell chivalric romance , and Tirant lo Blanch 's poetry. The first book produced with Ausiàs March in the movable type was printed in the Valencian variety. Iberian Peninsula The earliest recorded  game with modern rules for moves of the chess and queen was in the Valencian poem bishop (1475). Scachs d'amor
The official status of Valencian is regulated by the
and the Valencian Spanish Constitution , together with the Statute of Autonomy Law of Use and Education of Valencian.
Article 6 of the Valencian Statute of Autonomy sets the legal status of Valencian, providing that:
The official language of the Valencian Community is Valencian. 
Valencian is official within the Valencian Community, along with Spanish, which is the official language nationwide. Everyone shall have the right to know it and use it, and receive education in Valencian.
No one can be discriminated against by reason of their language.
Special protection and respect shall be given to the recuperation of Valencian. The Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua shall be the normative institution of the Valencian language.
Law of Use and Education of Valencian develops this framework, providing for implementation of a system, and regulating the use of Valencian in the public administration and judiciary system, where citizens can freely use it when acting before both.
Valencian is recognized under the
as "Valencian". European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages