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A colourful and unusually robust civic and political circulation for an self reliant Catalonia has introduced renewed urgency to questions on what it skill, individually and politically, to talk or to not communicate Catalan and to assert Catalan id. during this booklet, Kathryn Woolard develops a framework for examining ideologies of linguistic authority and makes use of it to light up the politics of language in Spain and Catalonia, the place Catalan jostles with Castilian for legitimacy. Longitudinal learn throughout a long time of political autonomy contextualizes this ethnographic research of the social that means of Catalan within the twenty first century. half I lays out the ideologies of linguistic authenticity, anonymity, and naturalism that sometimes underpin linguistic authority within the glossy western global, and offers an outline of a shift within the ideological grounding of linguistic authority in modern Catalonia. half II examines discourses within the media surrounding 3 public linguistic controversies: an immigrant president's linguistic competence, a municipal pageant, and a global e-book reasonable. half III explores members' linguistic practices and perspectives, drawing on school room ethnographies and interviews with generations of teens from a similar highschool. The publication argues that there's an ongoing shift at either public and private degrees clear of the ethnolinguistic authenticity that powered relatives within the early transition to political autonomy, and towards new discourses of anonymity, rooted cosmopolitanism, and authenticity understood as a venture instead of an issue of origins and essence. This shift is mirrored within the present sovereignty move.

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