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Catalan belongs to the Romance language group. Today, it is mainly spoken by people in some areas of Catalonia and Valencia in Spain, and in the Balearic Islands. Linguistically, Catalan is most similar to Occitan. There are also many significant features related to Spanish, Italian, and French that have remained until today.
Today, Catalan is the official regional language in Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, and in some areas of Aragon and Andorra.
Expansion and Dialects
Catalan came into existence during the period from the 8th to the 10th century in areas controlled by Spanish kingdoms and principalities. During that time, this area was under the control of the Carolingians. Under their rule, the language was able to successfully spread even further during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. At that time, the Catalan rulers of Aragon expanded southward and to the East. Today, the language is spoken by approximately thirteen million people. Most of them live in Spain and on the Balearic Islands. Linguists divide the language regions into Eastern Catalan and Western Catalan. Eastern Catalan is spoken in the eastern part of Catalonia, a part of France, the Balearic Islands, and L'Alguer (Alghero). The main distinctions between the two dialects are the vowel accents. The language uses the Latin script. Our team is available to answer any questions you may have about the Catalan language. You can reach us by phone and by e-mail.
History of the Catalan Language
Contrary to popular belief, Catalan is not a dialect of Spanish but rather a primary dialect of Vulgar Latin. Various Catalan words match those in Latin texts from the nineteenth century. The most significant expansion of the Catalan language took place between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries. Its importance in the Mediterranean significantly increased as it became the most widely used language in the Catalan Aragonese Federation. The first books written in the Catalan language were printed during this period as well. The eighteenth century was a low point for the Catalan language, for during this time, publications in Catalan were prohibited. Since then, the language has steadily recovered and even acquired an official language status in some parts of Spain.
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