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Nov 11th, 2009 at 13:25 GMT
A note on this game: The languages listed are all from the archives of the Euromosaic study, linked at the top, which looked at minority languages within the European Union. Other minority languages might exist throughout the EU, but they were not reported on in this study so they are not included in this quiz. Enjoy!
Nov 11th, 2009 at 14:03 GMT
Why is Spain divided into three columns?
Nov 11th, 2009 at 14:10 GMT
Sorry about that, fixed now.
Dec 2nd, 2009 at 12:14 GMT
I thought Swedish was recognized as an official language of Finland on equal stature with Finnish, and not a minority language?
Jan 12th, 2010 at 08:23 GMT
There's one country which has its own language as a minority language. How far can irony go?
Feb 9th, 2010 at 04:05 GMT
@ulashima: two countries. Luxembourg and Ireland.
May 19th, 2010 at 22:11 GMT
Possibly accept "Langue d'Oc" for Occitan? Lovely quiz!
Aug 12th, 2010 at 02:42 GMT
Isn't "Ruthenian" just an old name for "Ukrainian"?
Sep 1st, 2010 at 22:40 GMT
I've heard walachian called vlach, but it goes further than that, it is technically two dialects of non daco-romanian macedo-romanian and aromanian, there is also an istromanian in croatia
Sep 18th, 2010 at 02:10 GMT
I always forget about Romani but get it "free" when guessing Romanian! Gotta love the Sporcs!
Oct 1st, 2010 at 23:09 GMT
Salmon, Swedish is recognised as an official language in finland but is only spoken by a 5 percent minority. If the population of Swedish speakers in a region goes over I think 8 percent, Swedish gets an enhanced status where all signs are also written in Swedish, Swedish speaking schools have to be available, and all govt departments must be available in the language. In Helsinki it's like that, though 99 percent of Swedish Speaking Finns speak mostly Finnish when they leave the house. Blame the constitution.
Oct 3rd, 2010 at 00:53 GMT
Forgot what Cornish was called and tried Cornwallish. Fail.
Oct 3rd, 2010 at 15:51 GMT
Catalon...catalonian...catalunian... *sees answers* DANG IT! Anyway, really interesting and good quiz.
Oct 3rd, 2010 at 19:00 GMT
Swear I put Serbian. Annoyed I didn't properly formulate the Luxembourger, Belorussian Armenian and Macedonian and Roma languages
Oct 3rd, 2010 at 23:39 GMT
Excellent quiz. Can you accept the spelling Belarusian?
Oct 6th, 2010 at 00:53 GMT
Please accept Wallachian for Walachian.
Oct 18th, 2010 at 13:25 GMT
You gotta accept Byelorussian and Bielorussian, for sure. Check the dictionary on those spellings.
Oct 22nd, 2010 at 18:15 GMT
Can you accept the spelling as spelled in the actual language please? Kept trying gallego for Galician and getting very confused. Otherwise, very interesting quiz!
Oct 29th, 2010 at 13:31 GMT
c'mon, accept Belarussian! The country is called Belarus, after all!
Oct 29th, 2010 at 13:32 GMT
also, isn't it Letzeburgesch/Letzburgish?? accept that for Luxembourgian
Oct 30th, 2010 at 05:18 GMT
Slovenia has only 2 officially recognised minority languages, which are Hungarian and Italian.
Nov 17th, 2010 at 16:00 GMT
Romania doesn't have any recognized minority languages? Isn't there a very large Hungarian speaking community there, along with a lot of Romani?
Nov 17th, 2010 at 16:02 GMT
Ah, never mind, looking at the link, the study appears to have been done before Romania and Bulgaria joined.
Dec 31st, 2010 at 15:05 GMT
German is an official language in Belgium, just like Dutch and French. Only a very small minority speaks German, but technically it's not a minority language..
Jan 11th, 2011 at 14:49 GMT
Wait, Faroese and Greenlandic aren't recognized as minority languages in Denmark? That seems awfully silly.
Jan 12th, 2011 at 14:35 GMT
why greek in hungary and czech republic? ? :p
Jan 19th, 2011 at 15:22 GMT
Manx Gaelic - Isle of Man? Just a suggestion
Jan 30th, 2011 at 20:36 GMT
I live in Spain and I had no idea Berber was recognized... Interesting fact. Thinking about it, probably because of Ceuta and Melilla. I always forget about the enclaves.
Mar 10th, 2011 at 19:23 GMT
Wow, some countries have a long list for their size! I don't agree that every language should be mentioned in it's native version (like Letzeburgsch), otherwise we'd have to do it with all (even the most exotic) languages, we just can't.
Mar 14th, 2011 at 19:18 GMT
does Malta not have any minorities?
May 27th, 2011 at 07:03 GMT
"Arpitan" could be accepted for Franco-Provençal as that's the common name of the language.
Oct 30th, 2011 at 23:53 GMT
Provençal should be acceptable for Franco-Provençal
May 30th, 2012 at 08:54 GMT
This quiz is full of fails. Holyromanmperor, Provençal and Franco-Provençal are not the same at all. You shoul add "Franco-Provençal" (with Ç and not C!) and Arpitan for mean that language. You forgot aragonese in Spain. You forgot all "oil languages" in both France and Belgium. Mirandese (Portugal) is the same language that asturian so if we type asturian it has to appear too.
Mar 30th, 2013 at 17:56 GMT
I didn't know other countries ones counted.
May 15th, 2013 at 19:14 GMT
Very interesting. I was surprised that Catalan and Basque are both recognised in France, yet Spanish isn't. I was also surprised (and a little mad) that Denmark doesn't recognise Faroese or Greenlandic as minourity languages.
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