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Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages. Getting the Picture

In Memory of Michael Clyne- In Collaboration with Catrin Norrby, Leo Kretzenbacher, Carla Amorós


Edited By Rudolf Muhr

This volume comprises 28 papers presented at the 1 st International Conference on Non-Dominant Varieties of Pluricentric Languages in Graz (Austria) in July 2011. The conference was also held in memory of Michael Clyne – eminent linguist, scholar, language enthusiast and advocate of multilingualism who died in October 2010. The volume pays homage to his important contributions in many fields of linguistics and in the theory of pluricentric languages. The conference in Graz was the first international event to document the situation of non-dominant varieties world-wide in order to identify common or diverging features. It provided substantial insights into the codification and in corpus and status planning of non-dominant varieties. The volume deals with 18 languages and 31 different national and other varieties in 29 countries of the world.


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Domergue SUMIEN: Harmonizing non-dominant standards throughout four states


In: Rudolf Muhr (ed.) (2012): Non-dominant Varieties of pluricentric Languages. Getting the Picture. In memory of Michael Clyne. Wien et. al., Peter Lang Verlag. p. 263-282. Domergue SUMIEN Aix-en-Provence, Occitania (France) Occitan: Harmonizing non-dominant standards throughout four states Abstract Occitan is split into four states: France (“Midi”), Italy (Occitan Valleys), Spain (Aran Valley) and Monaco. Due to pressures from French, Spanish, and Italian, language attrition has been strong. Recent advances in status planning have compensated little: Occitan has been official in Spain since 1990 and protected in Italy since 1999. Corpus planning has made Occitan quite a modern language in the expression of contemporaneous life. However, Standard Occitan is not complete yet. The current issue is: how to connect local Occitan varieties of Spain and Italy with the ongoing standardization in France? Authorities of Aran Valley have been considering this question since 2009. There seems to be a need to build a harmonized, pluricentric Standard Occitan, including the pre-existing regional koines and the recently promoted varieties of Spain and Italy. 1. Introduction Occitan, also called Lenga d’Òc1 or Provençal2 (native names: occitan, lenga d’òc, provençal/provençau) is a Romance language located in the heart of the Romance language countries. The territory where Occitan is spoken is called Occitania (in Occitan: Occitània) and currently spreads over four states. This implies four differing configurations of the language conflict and differing 1 In English use, since we deal with exotic, non-adapted forms, the autochthonous name Lenga...

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