Dinosaurs are out of their tombs once again over here, with someone calling himself Adam repeating one particularly hoary myth. The truth is that Franco didn’t ban Catalan but, by removing it from institutional use, reduced it to the status of Breton in France, Welsh in the UK, Low Saxon in Holland etc etc in the post-war era. That’s terrible but, as Jaume Fabre notes in his interesting PhD thesis on the 1939 transition (now apparently generally available), Franco was able to rely on strong initial support here because many Catalan-speakers regarded linguistic restriction as a price worth paying to be rid of chaos.
- El Barça, Franco’s favourite team?
There is no statistical evidence for claims that the Franco government worked for Real Madrid and against Barça.
- who cares if languages die out?
From Sri Lanka’s Daily News: In a message to the first celebration [of International Mother Language Day in 2000] United Nations Secretary-General
- Catalan music more widely available under Franco
Debunking still more the “Franco persecuted Catalan culture” myth, here’s a piece by Catalan dictionarian, Sebastià Oliveras, lamenting the loss of
- Catalan native speakers: numbers
This is too improvised to be a proper post, but there’s a little tussle going on here about how many native
- “Mittlestuffe” and illegal Catalan limitations on the provision of tourist services
Picking up linguistic errors by the Catalan government is shooting phish in a barrel–they often have difficulties with Catalan–but my non-empirical