Catalan language

Brand image

Vicenç Villatoro's picture

Before I can explain how the Ramon Llull Institute helps project Catalan culture abroad as well as our goals for the future, there are a few things I would like to share with you. First, the individual success of a Catalan artist or creator in any field of culture helps to forge a positive brand image for the whole of Catalan culture. Second, a positive brand image for Catalan culture adds value and gives greater visibility to each of the artists within this culture.

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Linguistic diversity in Europe: the Catalan case

Mònica Sabata's picture

Europe is very diverse. This diversity in Europe is obvious, and it becomes even more obvious when we look at it from a linguistic perspective. There are some sixty different languages spoken in Europe, not counting all the languages that have arrived with recent migrations, yet this diversity has never received the degree of recognition and protection that it deserves. Thus, the growing awareness of the importance, the recognition, and the relevance of this linguistic diversity – and the philosophy on diversity in general – is a relatively new phenomenon.

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Arrival

Matthew Tree's picture

When I first arrived in a certain Catalan village some sixty kilometres from Barcelona, like most English people all I knew about Catalonia was that the word formed part of the title of a book by George Orwell. Again like most English people, when Catalans started to tell me about their history and language, I jumped to the conclusion that I was being fed so much nationalist flim-flam. What changed my mind - to the extent that I not only learnt Catalan but eventually came to write and publish in this language - was gradual exposure to the reality on the ground.

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“Spain”, a normal country?

Enric Bou's picture

A childish controversy erupted a few weeks ago regarding the use of minority languages in the Spanish “Senate.” For the first time since the restoration of democracy (a mere 35 years ago...) a senator from the Catalan group Entesa [a left-wing “Catalanist” coalition], Ramon Aleu, used Catalan in a plenary session.

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The Catalan language’s vitality

Saül Gordillo's picture

Catalan is a Roman language with some 12 million speakers. This figure ranks Catalan as the 8th most spoken language in the European Union, the 20th most published in the world and the 10th most translated language. It is present in 4 different states (Spain, Andorra, France and Italy), being official in Spain and Andorra. It was forbidden during the 40 years of General Franco’s fascist dictatorship.

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The IEC, the National Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Salvador Giner's picture

Most modern countries in the world have a national academy, gathering and representing their scientific and intellectual communities. Catalonia is no exception. Over a century old, the Institut d’Estudis Catalans is the national academy of sciences and humanities. In close collaboration with universities and with many scientific research centres, the Institut is a vibrant and forward-looking academy, committed to the advancement of science and knowledge, and representing the best Catalan society has to offer in these fields of endeavour. 

 

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