Everyone always knew that the previous, “moderate”, nationalist government was engaged in a campaign to remove, step-by-step, Spanish and its users from public life. However, due to its clannish habits, strategic smoking guns were scarce. Now a bunch of illegally-funded, Stasi-like surveys and reports have been found in government house providing information on “traitors” and their families and friends. One of the more amusing discoveries (free registration): a blacklist of linguists at (the strongly nationalist) TV-3 and Catalunya Ràdio, accused of attempting to introduce a style of Catalan closer to popular speech, running the risk of converting it into–horrors!–a Spanish dialect. In a huge report investigating ways and means of imposing purity, the linguistic study group, Grup d’Estudis Catalans, are described as “bad students” and of being “completely sceptical and opposed to Catalanism”. Here‘s a petition you can sign if you would like to oppose the fascists and see linguistic pluralism anchored to some degree in the Catalan regional statute.
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