In Memory of Michael Clyne- In Collaboration with Catrin Norrby, Leo Kretzenbacher, Carla Amorós
Edited By Rudolf Muhr
Josep-Àngel MAS: Catalan as a pluricentric language: the Valencian case
In: Rudolf Muhr (ed.) (2012): Non-dominant Varieties of pluricentric Languages. Getting the Pic- ture. In memory of Michael Clyne. Wien et. al., Peter Lang Verlag. p. 283-300. Josep-Àngel MAS (Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain) email@example.com Catalan as a pluricentric language: the Valencian case Abstract The recognition of Catalan pluricentricity is far from reaching a consen- sus. This lack of general acceptance of pluricentricity happens in spite of the existence of an own codifying institution for the Valencian variety, the most visible amongst the non-dominant varieties of Catalan. It also occurs despite the historical use of the Valencian variants in cultural fields, the secular tradition of naming valencià the Catalan language, or the demographic length of the Valencian Community within the Catalan linguistic community. Furthermore, the entity and the name of the lan- guage are the subjects of a social polemic still not solved because it has been never tackled directly. Obviously, this controversy makes the agreement difficult. The most polarized forms of this conflict take Valencian either as a separate language or as a dialect of Catalan without more rights than other dialects inside Catalonia. This ideological polari- zation has led to four alternative models for the Valencian formal lan- guage, in a scale from the more Valencian variants to the less: secession- ist, particularistic, convergent and uniformist. 1. Introduction – Demography and territory of the Catalan language Catalan could be described as the least minor of the European minority languages. Its status as the official language...
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