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Un touroperador de Mallorca explica el tema de la llengua....

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Molts diran que és una xorrada, però a mi m'ha cridat l'atenció...
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Being islanders, the Majorca (Mallorca)ns have withstood a long history of invasions by nearly everyone who could reach their coastline. As the result of invasions they have become defensive and nationalistic. But they have also learned the advantages of trade. Trade has made them a little Phoenician themselves. They have learned to accommodate their 'visitors' while accommodating themselves.

In regards to their language, Majorca (Mallorca)ns divide themselves into three groups: pro-Catalan, anti-Catalan and the so-called 'No/NRs' (No Opinion/No Response ). The third group is by far the largest (and obviously the most reticent). The pro-Catalanists seem to want a tight union with Catalunya, with which they share their Language. Many among them spent time either in jail or in exile during the Franco years.


They express their wishes at linguistic conferences, demanding more T.V programming in the Catalan language and providing funds for events which promote their language and its culture. The opposition the - anti-Catalanists- have little power to respond; they have resorted to vandalizing Catalan signs and, recently, blowing up the receiving station for the Catalan language TV3.


Because the Calalan language was banned for many years, virtually everyone on Majorca (Mallorca) speaks Castilian. In fact, many of those who did their schooling under Franco's rule have difficulty reading and writing in the local language. Consequently, none of Majorca (Mallorca)'s five daily newspapers is written in Catalan.




Although the Majorca (Mallorca)ns in general are in agreement regarding the necessity of using and promoting their language, they are deeply divided over what to do about the exploitation of another resource - the island itself. Again, the 'silent majority' is, by far, the largest player in the arena. The others are polarised between maintaining the incredible pace of growth which Majorca (Mallorca) has enjoined over the past 20 years, or facing the reality that times are changing and the goose that laid the golden egg is being squeezed too hard. The big money is on 'continuing growth' while the ecologists are on the other side of the ring. The people who have been enticed to Majorca (Mallorca) are realising that those who attracted them are turning 'La lsla de la Calma' into a jungle of noise and concrete. At the moment there is a stalemate.




http://www.majorcanvillas.com/history-of-majorca.asp


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  • Catarrà 703 13

    Gràcies per l'article !!!!
     
    He aprofitat la idea per redactar un nou post en un fòrum a nivell europeu, on tampoc coneixen ni respecten la identitat catalana (de forma general, sempre hi ha casos aïllats que coneixen la nostra realitat). Com compendreu, he adaptat part del vocabulari a un nivell en que des de fora ho puguin entendre, i per una altra banda, el text s'ha adaptat al meu pobre domini de l'anglès (segur que hi ha més d'un error en el text). Us ho passo aquí per veure si es pot aprofitar en la publicitat de la situació de la salut de la llengua catalana :
     
     
     
    Well, this is the first post about Catalan language health. I remember you that Catalan is the own language in Catalonia, Balearic Islands, the great part of Valencian Country, a little part in Aragon (la Franja), North-Catalonia (the Frech province of Pyrinees Orientales), l'Alguer (Italian city of Alghero, in Sardinia), and the unique country where officialy Catalan has all their rights recognize, Andorra.

    These territories with Catalan as own language have about 10 million of inhabitants, and 7 of them speaks normally Catalan. Including Andorrans inhabitants, all Catalan speakers speak other languages, Spanish in Spain, French in France, Italian in Italy, and Spanish and/or French in Andorra. Untill 10 millions, there are 3 million of people living in territories where Catalan is the own tongue who don't speak the language of the territory (Catalan). Don't forget that if we include Valencian territories where the own tongue is Spanish, the amount of inhabitants in these territoris is over 11 million of inhabitants. They only speak Spanish (in Spain) or French (in France). From the seven million of speaker of Catalan (all bilingual speakers, at least, Catalan and Spanish or Catalan and French) not all those speakers have Catalan as mother tongue, as well as their families came from other regions from Spain or France.

    Now some Spanish Fanatic Nacionalists want to kill the actual school system in Catalonia, a bilingual system where the Regional Goverment give to the Catalan the priority, but where the pupils learn Spanish too... Spanish Fanatic Nacionalist want to segregate children from Spanish inmigrant families from children from Catalan and Catalan-Spanish families. And they forget that now in Catalan territories there are a lot of new incomers, who don't have Catalan or Spanish as own language, and who first learn Spanish.

    All National TV channels are in Spanish, only the Spanish public channel give some hours for Catalan programs. Catalan National TV broadcasts especially in Catalan, but Valencian and Balearic National TV's mix Catalan/Valencian and Spanish tongues in programms. The most read newspapers are in Spanish, some local newspapers publish in Catalan, some in Catalan and Spanish, and some, especially in Valencia and Balearic Islands, in Spanish...

    What's the problem with Catalan language. Catalan people pay their taxes as all other Spaniards. Why Catalan is a second class language, and Spanish a first class language? Can Swiss goverment force inhabitants in Geneve to speak German, and in Zurich people speak French? Can Belgian government force people in Anterpew to speak Frech and people in Liège to speak Dutch?

    Well, this is a question that Spain, French and EU must to solve... without making an attempt against Catalan citizens.
  • pa-integral 4.023 14 521 👍 283
    Consequently, none of Majorca (Mallorca)'s five daily newspapers is written in Catalan.

    I Diari de Balears?
  • Spartac 16.097 14 👍 6

    Although the Majorca (Mallorca)ns in general are in agreement regarding the necessity of using and promoting their language, they are deeply divided over what to do about the exploitation of another resource - the island itself. Again, the 'silent majority' is, by far, the largest player in the arena. The others are polarised between maintaining the incredible pace of growth which Majorca (Mallorca) has enjoined over the past 20 years, or facing the reality that times are changing and the goose that laid the golden egg is being squeezed too hard. The big money is on 'continuing growth' while the ecologists are on the other side of the ring. The people who have been enticed to Majorca (Mallorca) are realising that those who attracted them are turning 'La lsla de la Calma' into a jungle of noise and concrete. At the moment there is a stalemate
     
    Aquest parràgraf és una bona sintesi del dilema en que enguany es troba Mallorca i en general es troben els indrets dels Països Catalans que viuen del mateix model econòmic.
     
    És interessant perque sembla haver-ho escrit algun immigrant arribat de la UE. Que sembla tenir clar que qui treballa per la normalització del català a Mallorca és la mateixa gent que demana un replantejament d'aquest model econòmic de l'illa per tal que no esdevingui tal com diu una jungla de soroll i ciment i assegurar-li un futur millor.
     

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