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. (february 2010)
a regional language is a language spoken in an area of a sovereign state, whether it be a small area, a federated state or province or some wider area.
internationally, for the purposes of the european charter for regional or minority languages, "regional or minority languages" means languages that are:
- traditionally used within a given territory of a state by nationals of that state who form a group numerically smaller than the rest of the state's population and
- different from the official language(s) of that state
recognition of regional or minority languages must not be confused with recognition as an official language.