Sunday, September 20, 2009
Here's a screen shot of their most recent article counts (click on the image to see it at full size if you can't make it out):
Occitan is at 19,373 articles and Catalan at 199,689. The two are linguistic cousins and are located right next to each other, with Catalan in the eastern part of Spain and Occitan in the south of France. Considering their similarities it would have been interesting to be able to see an alternate reality where the official languages of Spain and France (and their respective colonies) had been Catalan and Occitan instead of the much less related Spanish and French. That would have also meant that the French loanwords in English would have come from a more Occitan-influenced Norman language too. It would also mean a great deal of mutual comprehensibility between places like Quebec/Maine/Louisiana/Haiti and Mexico/the rest of Central America.