When difference becomes inequality: Multilingualism in the Spanish State

Joan A. Argente

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The linguistic diversity in Spain is a fact that has not always been recognized by law. The conditions of existence of every language have to be taken into account when establishing equal linguistic rights for citizens. The article surveys the situation during the Civil War, the dictatorship and the transition period, and examines the treatment of the language question in the basic constitutional documents of Spain and Catalonia. Certain ambiguities and limitations are criticized and social attitudes toward standardization are analyzed. The main political problem created by the linguistic diversity is that of the organization of a linguistic pluralism, which is not only a matter for the autonomous regional parliament, but must be resolved by every one of the organs of the state. © Mouton de Gruyter
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-94
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1986


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