ERIC Number: ED479895
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Linguistic Legislation and Normalization Process: The Catalan Case in Spain. Mercator Working Papers.
Pujolras, Agusti Pou
This paper describes the potential of linguistic rights concepts, particularly those within the Act on Linguistic Policy, focusing on the normalization of Catalan in Spain. It suggests ways in which the law can be useful in increasing the use of Catalan. After an introduction, the paper presents the legal framework within which the linguistic normalization of Catalan is being developed, highlighting procedural and substantive limitations to normalization and discussing competence limitations resulting from the sharing of competencies between the state and the autonomous authorities. The next section examines basic principles that act as the grounds for linguistic law in Catalonia, looking at official languages (including examples of situations that have been dealt with in the courts), linguistic rights, and the concept of "own language," which obliges the central state authorities and institutions in Catalonia to respect it, use it as a general rule, and promote its public use at all levels. The final section describes the appraisement of the knowledge of Catalan among personnel working for the Justice Administration. (SM)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Maintenance, Language Minorities, Language Usage, Official Languages, Uncommonly Taught Languages
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: European Union, Brussels (Belgium).
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Identifiers - Location: Spain