Published May 14, 2020
This video was recorded by Ludovic Góngora in Touraine, France. Tourangeau is spoken by an unknown number of people in the French province of Touraine and surrounding regions. It is one of the extant langues d'oïl, a family of Romance languages that includes the French language, as well as Picard, Walloon, Lorrain, Champenois, Orléanais, Tourangeau, Berrichon, Bourbonnais, Bourguignon, Franc-Comtois, Armorican, Poitevin, Saintongeais, and Norman; the last of which is the language from which most Latin vocabulary in English derives. With the exception of the Norman language in the Channel Isles of Britain, where it is known as Dgèrnésiais, Jèrriais, Auregnais, and Sercquiais and is co-official with English, and Walloon, which has a degree of recognition in Belgium, the langues d'oïl have historically been socially and politically marginalized, especially in France, where the majority originated and are still spoken today. Though they are often described as dialects of French, the langues d'oïl are languages in their own right, having developed independently from Latin around the turn of the last millennium.