From George Ticknor‘s superb History of Spanish literature
… a Gothic remnant fled from the Moors into the Alpine Asturias, carrying with them race, name, creed, language, and country—scotched but not killed. In that rocky school, and amid storms and war, the infant Spanish language—eldest child and heir to the Latin—was slowly brought up; seven centuries were required to roughhew this formation of the granite, and three more to shape its ends.
Now there are demonstrations in Oviedo to have Asturian recognised as an official language, which in the regions of democratic Spain has traditionally been the first step to removing Spanish from public life.
The demonstrations in Asturias have as their backdrop the deliberate, protectionist use of language policy by other regions to frustrate the entrance of goods, services, workers and capital. As things stand, and despite the fact that more or less everyone in Spain speaks Spanish, regional language requirements mean that it is extraordinarily difficult for Asturians to get public sector jobs in Galicia, Catalonia and the Basque Country, while workers from the latter regions face no such hurdles on entering Asturias. Levelling the protectionist playing field is cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face; and, as someone once didn’t say, there’s no such thing as free rhinoplasty.
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