Wisconsin Walloon
Native toWisconsin, United States
RegionDoor Peninsula
Native speakers
<50 (2021)[1]
Early forms
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Lyrics to the song Tins d' eraler / Tehng de raalie "Time to go home" written from memory by a Walloon speaker in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Walloon is a dialect of the Walloon language descendant from central Walloon. It is spoken in the Door Peninsula in Wisconsin, United States.[1]

The speakers of Wisconsin Walloon are descendants of the Belgian immigrants that came from the wave of immigration lasting from 1853–1857 that was recorded to have brought around 2,000 Belgians to Wisconsin.[3] It is sometimes referred to by its speakers in English as "Belgian".[4] Descendants of native Walloon speakers have since switched to English, and as of 2021, it has fewer than 50 speakers.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Biers & Osterhaus 2021, p. 1.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian (2022-05-24). "Oil". Glottolog. Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. Archived from the original on 2022-10-08. Retrieved 2022-10-07.
  3. ^ Tinkler, Jacqueline. "THE WALLOON IMMIGRANTS OF NORTHEAST WISCONSIN: AN EXAMINATION OF ETHNIC RETENTION" (PDF). University of Texas Arlington Libraries Research Commons. Retrieved 28 May 2022.
  4. ^ Biers & Osterhaus 2021, p. 2.