( or ; endonym
, llengua valenciana
, or idioma valencià
) is the variety
as spoken in the Valencian Country
. In the Valencian Country, Valencian is the traditional language and is co-official with Spanish
. It is often considered a distinct language from Catalan by people from the Valencian Country; however, linguists consider it a dialect of Catalan. A standardized
form exists, based on the Southern Valencian dialect.