Dixie wrote:OK since you provided your list, I'm giving you mine. It's a couple of links and I think they are in Spanish or Catalan, and I've got a whole list too, but I have to translate it and I have no time now. Ask me if you're interested and I'll translate it for you.
ilargia wrote: As you know, I´m from Basque Country and, in my case, to defend my language, my country or, in fact, my feelings is considered, in many cases, a problem which must be punished by the law.
ilargia wrote:The Basques have been fighting to protect their language and culture for thousands of years.
No one knows where we came from. Our language, known as Euskera, has no clear links with any other known language in the rest of Europe.
Nowadays, many schools in the region use Basque as the primary language of education. Over 90% of Basque children are now enrolled in Basque-language schools. However, in Navarre, Basque has been declared an endangered language by the conservative government.
The promotion of Basque has caused protests by those who defend that monolingual Spanish speakers could be left as second-class citizens. However, Spanish is today essential for everyday life, while Basque language is still in the minority.
Euskera also lost ground because large numbers of Spanish-speaking immigrants began arriving to work in the industrialized region. During the dictatorship of Franco, we were even punished for speaking Euskera at school.
Some non-Basque Spaniards speak about what they see as an obscure small language, but for the Basques, it is a question of identity.
I consider that the preservation of a language involves the conservation of the group that speaks it. But we need voluntary efforts such as linguistic immersion methods at schools and free political options.
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