While the nature of the European Union means that Catalan (ca 4 million mother tongue speakers) isn’t likely to become an official language in the foreseeable future, Maltese (approximately 400,000) will achieve that status when Malta accedes on May 1st. Worried about Maltese language costs outweighing Malta’s financial contribution to the Union? Don’t: they’re still severely short of qualified translators and interpreters.
(In a comment to this post I suggested the following:
So native speakers = 4M is probably a credible estimate, breaking down roughly as follows: 3M in Catalonia, 850K down Valencia way (see the 2001 census and Querol Els valencians i el valencià (2000)), Balearics maybe 200K (1991 census said ca 25% could write it).
If you don’t agree with this, don’t flame – which just makes you look stupid – but do try coming up with a better way of adding up the number of native speakers. The oft-quoted 10/11 million figure seems to be based on the notion that everyone who lives in the area described by nationalists as the Catalan Countries is a Catalan speaker. I think that’s even sillier than classifying the population of Sant Agustí de Lluçanès as Spanish speakers.)
- Maulets, leading the literary-critical revolution
Opinions vary regarding Maulets. I think that those who I know who have experienced its attentions tend to see its members
- Language use survey
While nationalist politicians continue to exaggerate hugely the number of Catalan speakers (think: lobbying, EU official languages), the new Idescat figures
- Catalan speakers the 15th most productive Wikipedists
Congratulations on Catalan users for hitting 50,000 articles on Wikipedia. Although quantity isn’t everything–articles in English are almost invariably far better
- End of an affair?
Catalan Europhilia seems to be decreasing as contact with European institutions increases.
- Ali Smith on literature in translation
Ali Smith (via Transblawg) makes some ill-conceived remarks in the London Times re the availability of translated literature on the UK