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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It could be said, then, that Mares's linguistic amnesia serves to attenuate the idea that the Catalan language is the bedrock of Catalan national identity.
Periods of nationalistic revival came and went, but after Barcelona became the capital and one of the last redouts of the Spanish Republic, the Franco dictatorship suppressed the Catalan language and any activities that could be taken to support Catalan nationalism.
Significantly, Torrendell never abandoned his interest in the Catalan language.
The Catalan language is in common use, when they speak French it's with a Spanish twang, and when they eat, it's paella and zarzuela.
WHAT strikes you straight away in this big city is how well accepted the Catalan language is now compared to the 40 years of suppression under Franco's Fascist dictatorship.
The Catalan language is not widely taught in anglophone countries and too little of the literature has been translated, most of it tucked away in the backlists of small and university presses.
Nothing explains this relentless activity, except perhaps that the Catalan language and culture are fast going down the drain, like most high culture, overwhelmed by globalization and international markets.
cat TLD has had on the Catalan language and its wider web community, services and economy.
When the civil war began, Franco's Spain subsumed Catalonia, banning the public use of the Catalan language and prohibiting the publication of Catalonian literature.
The difference not just in how much the country has developed economically into one of the most successful parts of Europe, but also the social and cultural development which has seen a renaissance of Catalan language and culture with Catalan comfortably co-existing with Spanish.
Central to the volume, and to Calders's concerns, though, are the articles dealing with the present state of and the dangers confronting the Catalan language, always assaulted by political campaigns that try to destabilize the precarious normalization achieved in recent years.