Provencial French??

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Provencial French??

Postby abcdefg » 2009-01-08, 9:54

Hi,

In a Blackmore's Night's song ("Mid-Winter Night" - link), the lyrics contains:

Maire, lei campagno gansaion
A questo nue, balin-balan,
Leis avé, lei fedo sounaion.
D’ounte vèn agéu sagan?
Lou gat sauto dins la paniero,
Medor gingouelo dins lei champ,
E lei gàrri dins la feniero,
Barruelon coume de bregand!


It goes with a note saying it is in Provencial French; however my search for 'Provencial French' yields no result. The text appears to me a bit like French, a bit like Spanish and sounds really nice. Could anyone please tell me in what language it is? Or better, with the translation :)

Much thanks in advance!
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Re: Provencial French??

Postby loqu » 2009-01-08, 10:04

It looks similar to Occitan to me, but it resembles more French than Occitan does. I'm no expert in Occitan though, so anybody with more knowledge may assess you.
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Re: Provencial French??

Postby Boes » 2009-01-08, 10:26

I suppose he means 'Provençal', which would mean it's Occitan.

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Re: Provencial French??

Postby abcdefg » 2009-01-09, 7:58

So it is Occitan? Thanks for the information!
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chuyện những mùa Đông đi qua thời con gái.
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Re: Provencial French??

Postby loqu » 2009-01-09, 8:04

abcdefg wrote:So it is Occitan? Thanks for the information!


Oh, not necessarily, you'd better wait for someone who can speak Occitan. I am used to reading Occitan and understanding it quite well (since it's very similar with Catalan), and the text looks very French to me.

Now that I think about it, it might as well be Arpitan. It is often called Franco-Provençal and maybe that's what you meant with Provencial French, name which sounds just like a plain variety of French.
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Re: Provencial French??

Postby JackFrost » 2009-01-09, 9:19

abcdefg wrote:So it is Occitan? Thanks for the information!

Not exactly. There are forms of Occitan which also includes the most well-known of all, Provençal.
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Re: Provencial French??

Postby minus273 » 2009-01-20, 23:14

It looks like good Occitan in a French orthography.
Catalan speakers could note that final -a's in occitan are pronounced [o] or open /O/, so written "o" in those French orthographies. (Mistralian norm etc.)
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