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Walloon (Walon) is a Romance language which was spoken as a primary language in large portions (70 %) of the Walloon region and some villages of northern France (near Givet) until the middle of the 20th century. It belongs to the langue d'oïllanguage family, whose most prominent member is the French language. The historical background of its formation is the territorial extension, south- and westwards, of the Principality of Liège, since 980.
Despite its rich literature, beginning anonymously in the 16th century and with well-known authors since 1756 (see the paragraph Literature), Walloon has regressed drastically since annexation of Wallonia by French troops (1795), which definitively established French as the language of social promotion, far more than it was before. Obligatory school (1914, in fact after World War I) gave French-speaking education to all children and induced denigration of Walloon, by punishing its use (ministerial circular of 1952). Subsequently, generational transmission of the language has no longer occurred since the middle of the 20th century, making Walloon almost a dead language, scarcely spoken nowadays.
Nevertheless, numerous associations, especially theater companies, try to keep the language alive. On a government level, Walloon is officially recognized as a "langue régionale endogène" (Décret Valmy Féaux, 14 of December 1990). Walloon has also benefited from a continue corpus planning process. The "Feller system" (1900) regularized transcription of the different accents. Since the 1990s, a common orthography was established, which allowed large scale publications like the Walloon Wikipedia. Walloon should not be confused with Belgian French, which differs from the French spoken in France only in some minor points of vocabulary and pronunciation.
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@LukeGeniol : This is a fun battle, not a serious one.
You get what you pay for, and your English translation is terrible. Let this check by Zondor, the Great.
Why are you not offered to change the language -> Why don't you ask him to change the language.
Besides, it's probably a Walloon ->
Le terme Wallon vient de Walh , très vieux mot germanique utilisé par les Germains pour désigner les populations celtophones ou romanes. Le mot Wallon désigne à présent les habitants de la Wallonie - terre unilingue francophone - en opposition directe au mot Flamand .
Mr. No-Thanks -> Mr. Merciless (-> merci has several meanings!)
Sorry for misjudging you, was meant to be a joke anyhow. I have spelling problems as well, usually I am re-editing my posts for eliminating some of the spelling errors. I have made that error with "loose" as well.
The following user says Thank You to Fat Tails for this post:
no problem i'll be back in reno in januari buying my next hunting trips all over the world, it would be fun hearing you speak your 4 languages without errors or take some written tests and see if you make any small errors
but i'll buy you a beer anyway :-)
i made a small mistake i drove from salt lake city to reno in a rental because my plane was stuck, didn't knew it was 8 hours drive partly in the montains hehe