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Map of Brittany

Language Information:

Population of Speakers: 210,000(Mostly in Brittany, France)

Language Family: Indo-European >> Celtic >> Insular Celtic >> Brittonic >> Southwestern >> 

Closest well-known language: Welsh(Both are Brittonic languages, and Welsh is in the Western branch)

Breton is a severely endangered Celtic language spoken mainly in Brittany (Breizh) by about 210,000 people, about 35,000 of whom speak use it as an everyday language. It is spoken mainly in western parts of Brittany, and is also spoken, to some extent, in parts of eastern Brittany, and by Breton immigrants in other parts of France, and in other countries. Breton is classified as "severely endangered" by the UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger.

Breton is not currently taught on the IU campus. Learn more about Breton here

Breton M01 Folk Music