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Native to Portugal
Region Barrancos
Native speakers
unknown (undated figure of 1,500)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Linguist list
Glottolog None

Barranquenho (Barranquenhu; English: Barranquian[2]), is a Romance linguistic variety spoken in the Portuguese town of Barrancos, near the Spanish border. It can be considered a variety of Portuguese (Alentejan Portuguese) heavily influenced by the dialects of neighbouring areas in Spain in Extremadura and Andalusia (especially those from Encinasola and Rosal de la Frontera),[3] or a Spanish dialect (Extremaduran / Andalusian) heavily influenced by Portuguese.

Barranquian is not intelligible to speakers of either Standard Portuguese nor to speakers of Standard Spanish. Barranquian speakers say that they speak neither Spanish nor Portuguese but a third language altogether different. Ethnologue lists Barranquian as a dialect of Extremaduran, perhaps because Barrancos was populated by settlers from Badajoz, in Extremaduran territory.[4]

The development of Barranquenho seems to be relatively recent (in the past 200 years), unlike other minority linguistic varieties in the Iberian Peninsula which have medieval roots.

See also


  1. Extremaduran (Portugal) at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
  2. Ethnologue report for Portugal
  3. José Leite de Vasconcelos, Filologia Barranquenha - apontamentos para o seu estudo, 1940.
  4. José Ignacio Hualde, Antxon Olarrea, Erin O'Rourke (2012) The Handbook of Hispanic Linguistics, p. 60