It’s not hard to guess that the primary language in Spain is Spanish. It’s right in the name. But what not as many people know is that Spanish isn’t the only indigenous language in Spain—in fact, there are a handful. Most people have heard of Catalan, native to the northeastern part of Spain known as Catalonia. There’s also Galician, spoken in the northwestern tip of the country, and Basque, a unique language isolate that straddles the Spanish–French border. Aranese and Asturleonese are further minority languages spoken in northeastern Spain. And then there’s Aragonese, the newest addition to our translation services.
Aragonese is used actively by an estimated 10,000 to 12,000 people, but when you count all the people who know the language passively, the figure jumps up to between 30,000 and 50,000. While that may not sound like a lot, it’s relatively large for a minority language—to put it into perspective, Cherokee has only 11,500 speakers, but it’s the sixth-biggest U.S. indigenous language. Aragonese enjoys recognition from the Spanish government, and the law allows for Aragonese to be used in education, but in practice, this rarely happens. Unfortunately, the language is endangered, and few translation companies work with it. We at TranslationServices.com, however, are proud to present our new Aragonese translation team.
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So, what is Aragonese like, anyway?
Aragonese hails from Spain’s highly diverse northeastern region, specifically from the autonomous community of Aragon. More specifically, Aragonese speakers are concentrated in the comarcas of Somontano de Barbastro, Jacetania, Alto Gállego, Sobrarbe, and Ribagorza, nestled amidst the Pyrenees valleys. Despite Aragonese’s circumstances as an endangered minority language, it boasts a rich literary tradition, including many works published in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Turning to grammar, Aragonese is similar to other Romance languages, including, of course, Spanish. Occitan and Catalan, two other Romance languages in the general vicinity, also bear a stark grammatical resemblance to Aragonese. Aragonese vocabulary has been influenced not only by Occitan and Catalan but also Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, and English, giving it a relatively diverse lexicon that helps distinguish it from Spanish. Another difference from Spanish that Aragonese demonstrates is its partitive and locative clitics, found in many Romance languages but not those in the West Iberian group, such as Spanish and Portuguese. These clitics can prove tricky to master for not only English speakers but also Spanish speakers, and thus they’re an important point of distinction for Aragonese speakers.
We’re dedicated to high-quality Aragonese translation services for any content.
We want to make sure you’re getting the best Aragonese translation services possible when you entrust your documents to us, so we’ve worked hard to scout out Aragon’s best translation talent. By hiring translators from different parts of Aragon, we ensure coverage of various dialects, which expands the scope of our Aragonese translation services. We’d also like to highlight that we offer both translation into Aragonese and translation from Aragonese, ideal for clients from both inside and outside of Aragon.
We also do our best to accommodate the unique translation needs you may have, whether you’re looking at Aragonese business translation, academic translation, literary translation, localization, or something else. With the Aragonese speaker base being fairly limited, we can’t always guarantee a translator who perfectly matches your niche, but our translators do have experience with different domains of translation. Regardless, they’re passionate native speakers of Aragonese, so they’ll eagerly take on the challenge of your translation project, taking special care to deliver the highest quality they can. If you need a subject-matter expert to render your Aragonese translation because your text contains technical language, just let us know the field—while we can’t make any guarantees, we’ll do our best to match you with a translator who knows your discipline.
We’re dedicated to quality in our Aragonese translation services. If you’re ready to get started, why not reach out to us today?