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Singular and Plural: Ideologies of Linguistic Authority in 21st Century Catalonia

Kathryn A. Woolard


A surge of public and political advocacy for an independent Catalonia has brought renewed urgency to questions about what it means, personally and politically, to speak or not to speak Catalan and to claim Catalan identity. This book develops a framework for analyzing ideologies of linguistic authority and uses it to illuminate the politics of language in Catalonia, where Catalan jostles with Castilian for legitimacy. Longitudinal research by the author across decades of political autonomy contextualizes this ethnographic study of the social meaning of Catalan in the 21st century. Part I lays ... More

Keywords: Catalonia, language ideology, language and identity, language politics, anonymity, authenticity, linguistic naturalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190258610
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190258610.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kathryn A. Woolard, author
Professor of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego