The social effect of normative Catalan in the press during the transition

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© 2019 Institut d'Estudis Catalans. All rights reserved. This article analyses the section «Clar i català», which Joan Fortuny Escoda (1917-1989) published in Hoja del Lunes for thirty-two weeks between 1982 and 1983. The section, which began in the period of the transition to democracy, is part of the tradition in contemporary Catalan journalism of including language as a subject of interest. «Clar i català» presented lexical innovations and problematic aspects of syntax in the media and advertising attributable to interference from other languages. Fortuny, editor-in-chief for Avui (1976-1987), denounced the deviations from the standard and offered acceptable alternatives. He also deplored the low quality of the language in popular publications and reminded the readership of their collective responsibility in the use of language. In his articles, we find a style based on prescription, an exposition of linguistic considerations, an assessment of attitudes and reflection on language.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-175
Number of pages29
JournalEstudis Romanics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


  • Catalan language
  • Hoja del Lunes
  • Joan Fortuny i Escoda
  • Normative linguistics
  • «Clar i català»


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