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The Galician Language Brotherhoods and Minority Languages in Europe during the First World War


Kabatek, Johannes (2020). The Galician Language Brotherhoods and Minority Languages in Europe during the First World War. In: Núñez Seixas, Xosé M.. The First World War and the Nationality Question in Europe. Global Impact and Local Dynamics. Leiden. Boston: Brill, 199-219.

Abstract

The following reflections on the Galician Language Brotherhoods (lb, Irman-dades da Fala), an intellectual movement in favour of the emancipation of the substate regional language spoken in Northwest Iberia and founded in 1916, aim at contextualizing this movement on two axes. The first one is the contemporary context of linguistic thought and debates on language diversity at the beginning of the 20th century; the second one is the socio-diachronic evolution of Galician. One hundred years later, Galician has become the co-official language of a politically autonomous region. Alongside Spanish, it is the language of official usage, of education, mass media and of a broad range of written discourse traditions up to scientific prose. It is a “normalized” language in the sense that since the 1980s there is an official written standard and in the sense that it may be used for all social purposes, even if the overall prestige of Spanish is very strong and makes Galician frequently assume the role of a secondary language in a diglossic situation.

Abstract

The following reflections on the Galician Language Brotherhoods (lb, Irman-dades da Fala), an intellectual movement in favour of the emancipation of the substate regional language spoken in Northwest Iberia and founded in 1916, aim at contextualizing this movement on two axes. The first one is the contemporary context of linguistic thought and debates on language diversity at the beginning of the 20th century; the second one is the socio-diachronic evolution of Galician. One hundred years later, Galician has become the co-official language of a politically autonomous region. Alongside Spanish, it is the language of official usage, of education, mass media and of a broad range of written discourse traditions up to scientific prose. It is a “normalized” language in the sense that since the 1980s there is an official written standard and in the sense that it may be used for all social purposes, even if the overall prestige of Spanish is very strong and makes Galician frequently assume the role of a secondary language in a diglossic situation.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
470 Latin & Italic languages
410 Linguistics
440 French & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Cultural Studies
Social Sciences & Humanities > Anthropology
Language:English
Date:2020
Deposited On:24 Nov 2020 13:14
Last Modified:12 Aug 2021 13:26
Publisher:Brill
Number:23
ISBN:978-90-04-44224-5
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004442245_010
Official URL:https://brill.com/view/book/9789004442245/BP000011.xml
Related URLs:https://brill.com/view/book/9789004442245/BP000011.xml (Publisher)

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