Language & authoritarianism in the 20th century: The cases of Estonian and Catalonia

Skerrett, Delaney Michael (2010) Language & authoritarianism in the 20th century: The cases of Estonian and Catalonia. Eesti Rakenduslingvistika Uhingu Aastaraamat, 6 6: 261-276. doi:10.5128/ERYa6.16

Author Skerrett, Delaney Michael
Title Language & authoritarianism in the 20th century: The cases of Estonian and Catalonia
Journal name Eesti Rakenduslingvistika Uhingu Aastaraamat   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1736-2563
Publication date 2010
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5128/ERYa6.16
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 6
Issue 6
Start page 261
End page 276
Total pages 16
Place of publication Estonia
Publisher Eesti Rakenduslingvistika Uhing
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract The 20th century saw the Soviet and Francoist regimes enforce their respective ideologies in Estonia and the Catalan-speaking territories in Spain. In both cases, the autochthonous language suffered under the stringent control of the mechanisms of censorship and repression. In fact, Soviet and Spanish leaders - representing both extremes of the political spectrum - tried to replace the use of the autochthonous language in many sociolinguistic domains with their own - Russian and (Castilian) Spanish - as these languages embodied the ideologies and the new orders that they wished to establish. This paper compares and contrasts the diverse methods of control over language carried out in Estonia and the Catalan-speaking areas of Spain in order to demonstrate that highly centralised multilingual states - whatever their political ideology - can make use of surprisingly similar means of control, ultimately depriving local linguistic communities of the ability to use and develop their own language.
Keyword Castilian Spanish
Endangered languages
Language planning
Language policy
Languages in contact
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes English title: Estonian Papers in Applied Linguistics An earlier version of this paper was written in Spanish as a thesis at The University of Queensland.

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