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Northern Catalan
català septentrional
Street sign in Formiguera.
Native toFrance
RegionNorthern Catalonia
Early form
Catalan alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-3
The areas of French Oriental Pyrenees where Catalan is spoken in orange.
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Northern Catalan (Catalan: català septentrional),[b] also known as Roussillonese (rossellonès),[c] is a Catalan dialect mostly spoken in Northern Catalonia (roughly corresponding with the region of Roussillon), but also extending in the northeast part of Southern Catalonia in a transition zone with Central Catalan.


Phonetic features of Northern Catalan include:


Some subdialects keep the singular masculine definite article lo, as in North-Western Catalan and many varieties of Occitan.

Northern Catalan has a large body of words imported from French and Occitan. It also features some grammatical forms and structures that are typical of Occitan, such as the use of a lone post-verbal pas, rather than a lone preverbal no to express basic negation (Northern Catalan canti pas vs. Central Catalan no canto, 'I don't sing' or 'I'm not singing'); pas is also used in some other Catalan dialects for emphasis but always with no before the verb (Central Catalan no canto pas, 'I do not sing' or 'I am not singing').


  1. ^ a b Some Iberian scholars may alternatively classify Catalan as Iberian Romance/East Iberian.
  2. ^ Catalan pronunciation: [kətəˈla səptəntɾiuˈnal]
  3. ^ Catalan pronunciation: [rusəʎuˈnɛs]