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The UOC - Open University of Catalonia - The Global Online University - a Roundtable Analyses the Links Between Multilingualism and Nationalist Sentiments

The professor from the UOC's Arts and Humanities department, Miquel Strubell, and the tutor from the same department, Ernest Querol, took part, on Tuesday 24 November in a roundtable to present their book entitled Llengua i reivindicacions nacionals a Catalunya. Evolució de les habilitats, dels usos i de la transmissió lingüística (1977-2008) (Language and Nationalist Sentiments in Catalonia. Evolution of Language Skills, Uses and Transmission (1977-2008)).

Barcelona, Spain, November 29, 2009 --( The book is based on the premise that nationalist sentiments are fundamental when analysing the socio-linguistic reality in today’s Catalonia. To demonstrate this, the work highlights a new variable for studying language use and representation: national self-categorisation. The authors carry out, among other things, analysis of the demographic origins of the current linguistic reality and the evolution of language skills, uses and intergenerational transmission. In short, they analyse the correlation between language habits, identity and political beliefs.

The work, published by Editorial UOC, is based, among other things, on the analysis carried out for the Llengua i identitat a Catalunya 2008 (Language and Identity in Catalonia 2008) report by professor Strubell. The research aimed to find out about the people of Catalonia’s language uses, language skills, identification with the territory, and position on certain political questions.

The event, organised by the Linguamón-UOC Chair in Multilingualism, was open to the public and took place at the Catalan Guild of Doctors and Graduates in Philosophy and Letters (Rambla Catalunya 8, Barcelona) on Tuesday 24 November at 7pm.

Chair in Multilingualism
The Linguamón-UOC Chair in Multilingualism aim to promote research, training, information and documentation activities on multilingualism as a means for social and economic development. Thus, the chair has backed a series of different activities, including lectures and seminars, linking the object of study with economic, social and legal questions, among others. The chair also takes part in a number of different international projects, such as the European Universities Network on Multilingualism (EUNoM) and other forums for international cooperation in academic training in this field.

UOC - Open University of Catalonia - The Global Online University, offers online courses in the languages English, Spanish, Catalan and French. For more information about the online courses offered by UOC visit the website TheGlobalOnlineUniversityUocEdu. For individual questions or enquiries, contact the training advisor team at +34 93 326 30 00, or send an e-mail to:

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