Poitevin-Saintongeais (French: poitevin-saintongeais, pronounced [pwatvɛ̃ sɛ̃tɔ̃ʒɛ]; autonym: poetevin-séntunjhaes;[2] also called Parlanjhe, Aguiain or even Aguiainais in French) is a langue d'oïl language spoken in the regions of the Pays de la Loire and Nouvelle-Aquitaine, officially recognised by the French Ministry of Culture as a language with two dialects, Poitevin and Saintongeais.[3] This classification is a subgroup of the Romance, and the Gallo-Romance languages.

Native toFrance
RegionPays de la Loire
Native speakers
200,000–300,000 (2017)[1]
Early forms
Language codes
ISO 639-3
Glottologpoit1240  Poitevin
sant1407  Santongeais
Aire du Poitevin-saintongeais.jpg
The Poitevin-Saintongeais-speaking area
Statue of Evariste Poitevin, a poet who wrote in Poitevin-Saintongeais

Some of their descendants would become the Acadian people of Atlantic Canada as well as the Cajun people of Louisiana.[citation needed]

The dialects of this language are peculiar to the historical regions and provinces of Poitou and Saintonge. It is classified as severely endangered by UNESCO.[4]


  1. ^ Delavaud, Jean (4 March 2017). "Langues régionales. Une journée pour parler le poitevin-saintongeais" [Regional languages. A day to speak Poitevin-Saintongeais]. Ouest-France (in French). Archived from the original on 26 September 2021. Retrieved 19 September 2021.
  2. ^ Produccions, Tirabol (13 August 2012). "Lo peitavin-santongés, una lenga sòrre e emergenta". Jornalet (in Occitan). Archived from the original on 5 September 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Langues régionales" (in French). Ministère de la Culture. Archived from the original on 1 April 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  4. ^ "UNESCO Atlas of the World's Languages in danger". UNESCO. Archived from the original on 7 May 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2018.

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