Language Issues During The Franco And Franco's The Catalan Language And The Castilian ( Spanish ) Language

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Language is a huge part of our construction of identity. Language allows us to feel like we belong in a community or social group, record past events, bring people together (socially, culturally and politically), express feelings and emotions, or develop a deeper understanding of a particular culture and history. Moreover, every language is constantly changing over time and more people are becoming more open to learn more than one language. Spain is one the countries which deals with multilingualism. More specifically, in Catalonia, where being bilingual is no longer a controversy in today’s society. My objective of this paper is to further explore bilingualism from during Franco and after Franco regarding the Catalan language and the Castilian (Spanish) language in the state of Catalonia in Spain. My research will be guided by the following questions: What were the language issues during the Franco regime and after Franco’s death? Were there any consequences during the Franco regime? What is the current language situation in Catalonia? How has it affected Spain? Is one language more important than the other? Are educational institutions required to teach Catalan as well as Castilian? The paper will be organized as follows: First, I will provide a brief history of Catalonia’s linguistic issues during the Franco regime (1939-1975). Second, I will explain the language policy changes after Franco’s reign. Third, I will discuss bilingualism in Catalonia from the last few years

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