Col·lectiu Emma - Explaining Catalonia

Thursday, 30 april 2009 | General

Català,English

Gràcies a tots pels vostres comentaris (thank you ...

Gràcies a tots pels vostres comentaris (thank you all for your comments).

Toni i Daniel, gràcies pel vostre suport i reflexions

To anonymous:
1) There may certainly be a spot of wishful thinking in the sentence that you object to. Our point, however, is that the privileged position of the Spanish language in Catalonia is mainly the result of historical imposition. Please consider the situation in Eastern European countries where Russian had been mandatory for schoolchildren until the fall of the Soviet Union. As soon as the political pressure was lifted, the imperial language was swept to the dustbin of history along with communism and underperforming automobiles. We could rephrase, then: "It is reasonable to assume that in a context of political freedom, and after a period of adaptation, English, rather than Spanish, would naturally become the second language of choice for most Catalans".
2) If you would be kind enough to read more carefully you would notice that what we're not assuming anything. It's a fact that only one side of the story has been presented. Whether or not the FT correspondent visited Barcelona is irrelevant. The point is that if he did speak with someone there who disagreed with the official Madrid line he chose to ignore what that person may have said. We would like to direct his and your attention, for instance, to the writings of a highly-regarded economist, Professor Sala-i-Martin, who is on record on some of those issues and whose views might have helped produce a more balanced report.


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