Benasquese dialect

Benasquese (autonym: benasqués), often called patués by its speakers, is the native Romance linguistic variety of the Valley of Benasque, in the province of Huesca (Aragon, Spain).

benasqués, patués
Native toAragon, Spain
RegionRibagorza, Campo, Estadilla, Graus
Native speakers
(undated figure of 1,000–2,000)[citation needed]
Official status
Recognised minority
language in
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Mapa situazión benasqués.svg

Usually regarded as an Aragonese dialect (a particular variety of Ribagorçan, transitional into Catalan, Gascon and Aragonese), it has also been considered an extreme North-Western Catalan dialect in the past by a few linguists, and more recently, a language in its own right. Benasquese itself is often divided into two subdialects, Upper Benasquese and Lower Benasquese.

Although still vigorously spoken (when compared to other Aragonese varieties) by some 1,000 to 2,000 speakers, Benasquese is also in fast decline.


  • A. Ballarín, Diccionario del benasqués, Zaragoza, 2nd ed (1978).
  • J.A. Saura, Elementos de fonética y morfosintaxis benasquesas, Zaragoza, Gara d'Edizions-Institución Fernando el Católico (2003).

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