Alternative name(s): Occitan, Langue d'Oc, Provencaals (nl), Occitaans (nl), occitanska (sv)
Language family: Indo-European
Language group: Romance
Geographical use: south France
Information: Spoken by 25% of the French population (of the south of France). Provençal knew a flourishing period between the 11th and 15th centuries. In the 19th century a standard Provençal was prescribed by poet Frédéric Mistral. In order for the language not to become extinct, Provençal was included in the curriculum of schools in southern France in 1993.