Catalan Review

THE SOCIOLINGUISTIC SITUATION OF CATALAN AT THE TURN OF THE 21ST CENTURY: IMMIGRATION AND INTERGENERATIONAL TRANSMISSION

Catalan Review (1998), 18, (1-2), 67–95.

Abstract

This article provides an overview of the Catalan sociolinguistic situation at the turn of the 21st century as well as an introduction to the so-called integrationist approach in sociolinguistics, which takes into account issues of social structure and local practice. The article identifies and discusses three main challenges for Catalan: the sociolinguistic situation of the language prior to heightened immigration in the 1990s; attitudes towards the new immigrants (largely from Africa, Latin America, and Asia), and the intergenerational transmission of Catalan. Each challenge is discussed in light of the current sociolinguistic research based on census data and surveys. The article concludes with a consideration of future prospects for the Catalan language within the changing political and social climate of Spain and Catalonia.

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Comajoan, Llorenç