Catalan language

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Catalan language,

member of the Romance group of the Italic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages. It is spoken by about 8 million people in Catalonia, Valencia, the Balearic Islands, and part of Aragon in Spain, in the region of Roussillon in SE France, the city of Alghero in Sardinia, and in the tiny nation Andorra (where it is the official tongue). Like the other Romance languagesRomance languages,
group of languages belonging to the Italic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Italic languages). Also called Romanic, they are spoken by about 670 million people in many parts of the world, but chiefly in Europe and the Western Hemisphere.
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, Catalan is descended from Latin. It is written in the Roman alphabet. It is also the medium of a noteworthy literature.


See W. J. Entwistle, The Spanish Language, Together with Portuguese, Catalan and Basque (2d ed. 1962); J. Gili, Introductory Catalan Grammar (3d ed. 1967).

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Implementing agency : Institut Catala de la Salut Centre Corporatiu ICS
Ainsi, un projet de declaration conjointe sur la cooperation judicaire a ete signe par le ministre de la Justice et des Libertes, Mustapha Ramid et son homologue espagnol, Rafael Catala.
Many of the private sector employers are under bankruptcy protection, which represents about $60 million of the amount," Catala said.
Patients who saw one for upset stomachs, burns and minor injuries were just as satisfied as others seen by a doctor, according to a study at the Institut Catala de la Salut in Barcelona.
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Soledad, escrita por Caterina Albert i Paradis, bajo el seudonimo Victor Catala proporciona un objeto excelente para contemplar el proceso de maduracion tanto de Mila como de Cataluna misma.
For example, the stunning Moel sofa from Ligne Roset, which can be made up in gold, brown or black Catala bull-hide, Oregan hide, Divina or Coda fabrics, offers a bicolour interpretation.
After Mario Balotelli had nutmegged Jose Catala to burst into the box, Musacchio nudged him in the back, even though Gonzalo Rodriguez was ready to make a covering tackle.
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7) The great social prestige of Catala in Catalonia is owed not only to historical factors but also to the extraordinary political emphasis placed on its normalization by the Generalitat de Catalunya, governed continuously by nationalist parties since the late 1970s.
Flimsy Welsh defence in the centre let centre Fabrice Catala put in Otaza for a try which the fly-half converted to make it 16-10 to the French.
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