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Edurne Alegria Aierdi ERABILI.COM Abstract: In this article the author clarifies that there are no bilingual societies, only bilingual individuals. Balanced bilingualism, if it exists, is always transitory, since one language always imposes itself on the other. The usual are diglossic situations. Currently Basque is a language of choice in the Basque Country. In no corner of our country is its use mandatory....
Pako Sudupe 2019-11-02, ZUZEU. Abstract: The author Pako Sudupe addresses a tricky and controversial issue in this article, namely, immigration. Thousands of people are flowing into the Basque Country during the last years, as data clearly reveal. For example, in the west of the Basque Country, or Basque Autonomous Community, 28% of the offspring are born to foreign parents. The mass influx...
Pako Sudupe 2019-08-09, ZUZEU. Abstract: Author Pako Sudupe tackles a thorny, controversial topic in this article: immigration. As happened with Catalonia, The Basque Nation also received a massive wave of Spanish immigration during the 1960s, and in the last few years - again just like Catalonia - it is receiving a new immigration wave from outside Europe. It is an undeniable fact that...
Eneko Bidegain 2019-08-06, ARGIA. Abstract: The author analyses the limited powers of the Basque Country Aggregate Community (Communauté d'agglomération du Pays Basque / Euskal Hirigune Elkargoa), the only political entity that covers the Basque territories under French administration (Iparralde), in the field of linguistic policy. To begin with, Bidegain (the author) regrets that said Basque Country Aggregate Community places Basque and Gascon (Occitan...
Iñaki Murua 2019-06-30, ARGIA. Abstract: In the Basque-speaking region of Goierri (Gipuzkoa), some businesses and companies are following the latest fashion: to have their labels in English. The author of the article argues that this may make sense in large companies with international clientele, but not in other cases. Many problems result from following that absurd fashion, says Iñaki Murua: relegating our...
Pako Sudupe 2019-05-14, ZUZEU. Abstract: In Donostia, the Basque capital city with the highest number of Basque-speakers, Spanish symbology is the rule in a lot of areas. The author of this article mentions this one example: the Don Quixote and Sancho Panza momument located on a very touristic spot of the city (Alderdi Eder). That monument, which was erected during Franco's era...
Xabier Arregi 2019-05-18, NOTICIAS DE GIPUZKOA. Abstract: The European Parliament election will take place soon in the Spanish State. The author of this article is of the opinion that we, the Basque people, have many reasons to vote for the exiled Catalan President Puigdemont. In fact, while the Basque nationalist parties are leaving the national reivindications in the background, Puigdemont's list will...
Joxe Manuel Odriozola 2017-04-19, BERRIA. Abstract: The Basque thinker Joxe Manuel Odriozola is ever more persuaded that a close relationship between language and nation is pivotal on the restoration of minority languages, as described in this article. “National building with no support to the minorized nation stops the revitalization of a minorized language”, he asserts. Therefore, “the social normalization of a suppressed...
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...