The Languages Of Spain And The United Kingdom

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European societies have strong sentiments towards using language and its history as the means of shaping regional identity against national identity. This essay thus discusses the languages of Spain and the United Kingdom. Spain’s 17 autonomous regions are grounded in historical tensions of peripheral, or regional, and nationalist movements, and the struggles to demarcate ethnic values from the civic. It amounted with the Castilian language as the assimilating tool of Franco’s nationalistic regime. Such history has remained an impetus in modern Spain’s example of pursuing language plurality for regional and cultural identification. The UK presents a different policy, contrasting Spain’s regionalism with a monolingual framework. One reason of the pervasive English monolingualism is the Anglican Church’s historical repression of Cornish. It fostered the stigmatism, eradication and abandonment of this Cornwall tongue, and forced superiority and common usage of English instead. Alike to Spain, history is a lesson to modern UK’s example of growing acceptance, particularly in the exponential revival of its regional languages. Hence, this essay explores historical tensions between national-official and regional languages, language education, and fears concerning language preservation. These themes clearly shape both Spanish and British culture towards distinctive pursuits of regional identity.

Spain’s 17 autonomous regions establish pursuits of regional identity above national

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