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Language policy and the status of languages in contemporary Catalonia: a public debate

Soler, Josep orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-2813-0101 and Erdocia, Iker orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-2459-1346 (2020) Language policy and the status of languages in contemporary Catalonia: a public debate. European Journal of Language Policy, 12 (2). pp. 215-234. ISSN 1757-6822

Language ideological debates are a constant feature of virtually all language contact situations, particularly in contexts of a conflictive nature. In this article, we analyse one recent debate about languages in Catalonia. In April 2016 a group of linguists and language professionals published a manifesto – the Manifest Koiné – that provoked an explosion of opinions in mass-media outlets in the region. In the article, we analyse both the content of the manifesto and the reactions that it sparked. Our analysis shows that in presenting the situation of Catalan in a rather pessimistic light, the manifesto finds itself in line with a long-solidified line of thought in the Catalan language imaginary. At the same time, the negative terms that are used to portray both Spanish and bilingualism in the manifesto are the points that gathered the strongest opposition during the debate. In addition, the single official status for Catalan in an imagined future independent state (the position implicitly endorsed by the manifesto) also was not supported in the debate. We conclude that these results are in line with the changing nature of the language ideological landscape that Catalonia has experienced over the last decades.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:language policy; language ideologies; official language; bilingualism; Catalonia
Subjects:Humanities > Language
Humanities > Linguistics
Humanities > Spanish language
Humanities > Culture
Social Sciences > Education
Social Sciences > Law
Social Sciences > Public administration
Social Sciences > Identity
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Science > School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies
Publisher:Liverpool University Press
Official URL:https://doi.org/10.3828/ejlp.2020.11
Copyright Information:© 2020 Liverpool University Press
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:26396
Deposited On:27 Oct 2021 10:21 by Iker Erdocia Iniguez . Last Modified 27 Oct 2021 10:21

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