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Mirandese in contact with Portuguese 
and Spanish

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Abstract

Mirandese is a minority language spoken in Northeastern Portugal, on the Portuguese&#8209;Spanish border. In this chapter, the <i>frontier</i> status of the Mirandese language is examined from different perspectives. First, an overview of the geo-historical context frames the description of the structurally transitional nature of the Mirandese language along the Portuguese&#8209;Mirandese-Spanish continuum. This is followed by a presentation of sociolinguistic data that highlight the fact that Mirandese is, at this stage, a <i>definitively</i>, or even a <i>severely endangered</i> minority language (UNESCO, 2003). To this last effect, available data referring to important vitality indicators are reviewed: trends in number of speakers, shifting patterns of language preferences for different communicative domains, levels of intergenerational transmission, and children&#8217;s proficiency in the minority language.

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