Montleek: Robert, is it possible that in Western Europe, the regional lects have been preserved better, while in eastern Europe are preserved worse? There was communism/socialism in Eastern Europe, therefore more tendency not to continue speaking with regional lect. Robert, is it possible that in western Europe, the regional lects have been preserved better, while in eastern Europe are preserved worse? There was communism/socialism in eastern Europe, therefore more tendency not to continue speaking with regional lect .
In Spain, there is are several major languages such as Asturian-Leonese, Extremaduran-Cantabrian, Eonavian/Berciano, Basque, Catalan, Aragonese, Benasquesque, Galician and some odd forms of Portuguese. Murcian, Andalucian, Churro and Manchengo are very marginal cases, but are probably better seen as divergent dialects of Castillian.
With Catalan and Asturian-Leonese, you are absolutely in a situation of a different lect in every town or even village.
Eonavian is absolutely a separate language though it is not recognized. Berciano is the southern part of the Eonavian language.
There is definitely more than one language in Galician.
Cantabrian is actually a language and not a Spanish dialect. In fact, it is a part of the recognized language called Extremaduran.
There may be 3-4 languages inside Basque; surely there are at least two.
Benasquesque is actually a separate language between Catalan and Aragonese.
Occitan is only spoken as Aranese, but is probably a separate language.