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Jose Mari Pastor 2019-03-02, BERRIA. Abstract: Journalist Jose Mari Pastor regrets the decision taken by the Basque Culinary Center when choosing their new communications manager. The appointed manager knows Spanish and English, but he doesn’t know any Basque. With this, the Basque Culinary Center suggests there is no need for the Basque language in Euskal Herria (The Basque Nation). With this decision, the...
Anartz Ormaza Ugalde 2019-02-19, BERRIA. Abstract: It is apparent that demographic shifts have an important impact on a language’s social evolution. That also applies to the Basque Country. The concept “linguistic impact” refers to the trace left by non-Basque speaking incomers settling down in Basque-language population areas. According to the author of the article that consideration should not be neglected in urban...
Patxi Saez 2019-01-11, BERRIA. Abstract: In this article, the sociolinguist Patxi Saez summarizes the reasons for the historic recession of Basque into one term, namely imperialism. The efforts to suppress Basque started long ago, implemented by ban, threat and punishment. The author cites the first known proscription of Basque, back in the 13th century, dictated in the town of Ojacastro, Errioxa (La Rioja)....
Joxe Manuel Odriozola 2018-10-25, BERRIA. Abstract: Joxe Manuel Odriozola notes that the ideas and considerations presently aiming to understand and adress the relationship between the corpus of Basque language and its political status are not relevant at all. The assumption of Basque language quality and its status as autonomous domains is a complete delusion. It stands for a position that assimilates Basque...
Jose Mari Pastor 2018-10-06,  BERRIA. Abstract: Elections have been recently held in Quebec, and pro-independence parties have been the main losers. One reason for this, in this article’s author’s opinion, could be the hegemony of the French language in today’s Quebec, a hegemony which was non-existant in the 1970s. As a matter of fact, Quebeckers don’t see their language being under threat...
Jonjo Agirre 2018-08-28, BERRIA. Abstract: Andoni Unzalu, head of Cabinet and Communication in the Tourism Department of the Basque Government, has voiced his opinions on Basque language normalization, against it, in his latest book. Unzalu, a member of the Spanish Socialist Party, denounces the alleged discrimination suffered by non-Basque speakers on their access to public job positions, for not speaking Basque. Furthermore,...
Patxi Azparren 2018-08-10, NAIZ. Abstract: During the debates about the new status of the Basque Autonomous Community, the Spanish political party "Elkarrekin Podemos" ("United we can") has declared itself against the proposal in favour of a Basque nationality. The author of the text laments this attitude, and based on it, he concludes that such party accepts Spanish supremacy because it fails to...
Iñaki Lopez de Luzuriaga 2018-08-20, ZUZEU. Abstract: We have just celebrated the 778 Battle of Roncevaux Pass on 15 August, a national lieu de memoire since the late 19th century for the French, where the victors, the Basques, were alienated and replaced by the Sarracens, a narrative adopted by the French authorities for its inclusion in academy and compulsory secondary school following...
J.J. Agirre Martinez 2018-08-16, BERRIA. Basques who make an effort to live in Basque bump into all sorts of hurdles every day, since Spanish/French language suprematism is so entrenched in the Basque society. J.J. Agirre brings up some examples of that in this article. Language suprematism has even distorted the meaning of some words, so assimilation is equalled to “co-existence”, the...
Pako Sudupe 2018-07-21, ZUZEU. Abstract: In this article, Pako Sudupe would like to bring back to memory a sentence by the great Basque-nationalist Telesforo Monzon: "When they don't understand us anymore, they will understand us". Telesforo was trying to highlight the importance of the Basque language within the construction process of the basque nation and along the path towards Basque independece. If...