Valencian spelling and pronunciation dictionary

Here, via Carlos at Las palabras son pistolas cargadas. Carlos has a good quote–“dictionary: a malevolent literary device for cramping the growth of a language and making it hard and inelastic”–and comments that the worst that can befall a language is to have passionate defenders in public institutions who get involved in political battles on its behalf at the expense of taxpayers. (The cartoon he posts may seem crazy to outsiders, but recently some nutcase went round the local gym cutting the ends off words on unofficial notices, which are written in Spanish, to make them look more Catalan.)

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  1. Of course I’m not against dictionaries -what I’m against are bad dictionaries. The problem is, prescriptive dictionaries aren’t -to put it mildly- as good as they should be.

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