This is part three in a series on the modern Provençal language. See part one to start at the beginning.
So far, we've been introduced to the basics of the language and the conjugation of verbs in present tense. The next few articles will be shorter than the first two and focus on expanding on those basics. In this article we will introduce a few words and phrases for small talk and other pleasantries.
Provençal is a language spoken by a minority of people in the Provence region of south-east France. It has its roots in Old Occitan, the language of the trobadors and trobairitz: composers and performers of lyric poetry in medieval Occitania.
Due to a history of policies by the French government meant to suppress regional minority languages (see vergonha, meaning "shame"), it is now only spoken by a few hundred thousand people, mainly among the older generations, and could be in danger of dying out.
I first became interested in the language when I started studying the south of France for a novel I am writing, but I found resources scarce and of limited use or clarity—a profusion of dialects in particular muddies the water—so I decided to research and compile my own notes to help me learn, and maybe help others as well.