Política Lingüística makes a new tool for the promotion of Catalan available to Catalan municipalities

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# Català947 is an open data project that aims to strengthen cooperation with local bodies and the territory, and strengthen public policies on language.

The Minister of Culture, Àngels Ponsa, accompanied by the Director General of Language Policy, Ester Franquesa, presented the project # català947. The Catalan language in the municipalities of Catalonia. This is an open data project that aims to strengthen cooperation in linguistic matters and make available to all municipalities in Catalonia a new tool for the promotion of Catalan.

Àngels Ponsa stated: "In compliance with the Government's vocation for public service, transparency and cooperation, today we make available to all institutions and the rest of the public a tool for knowledge and decision-making in favor of Catalan".

He also stressed that “in this 2021, which commemorates, among others, the centenary of the birth of Joan Triadú i Font, I would like to appeal to his example and spirit in relation to the individual and unfailing commitment that we all have. we, the Catalan speakers, in relation to our language ”. "We don't forget it, we don't give up," he added.

The Director General of Language Policy, Ester Franquesa, remarked that language policy in Catalonia “has always been a field of consensus between the Government and local bodies” and that with # català947 we want to strengthen this cooperation with the will that "the data we offer are a stimulus for us to progress together towards the fullness of the Catalan language to which a democratic society like the Catalan one must aspire".

The new project aims to draw up and maintain the sociolinguistic map of Catalonia and to promote the analysis of the linguistic variable in social studies in other fields. From the web llengua.gencat.cat/catala947 You can access the repository that offers the main demographic, sociolinguistic and language policy indicators available in each of the 947 municipalities in Catalonia. The page has a search engine, to write the municipality, and can be filtered by municipal name, county name or territorial area. It also details the mechanism of the algorithm used data conversion to text resulting from the reports.

Each of the reports of each municipality sets out the local linguistic situation in the framework of the demographic and socio-economic aspects related to it, and with the county or territorial data to which it belongs in order to provide more complete information. always with the referential elements of the whole of Catalonia.

The initiative makes available to everyone the data and information generated by the Department of Culture, in order to continue joining forces in the use and knowledge of Catalan, in order to generate participation and research, and contribute to improving public policies. .

The # català947 is articulated from sources of information and official data that are already public: the annual municipal register (the population according to the place of birth); the results of the latest Population Use Survey (EULP 2018) that show the knowledge of Catalan and the linguistic uses of the citizens of municipalities with representative information or of the demarcations to which they belong; the indexes of the Ofercat program that analyzes language use in shops in large cities; the annual number of Catalan certificates issued by the General Directorate of Language Policy; the number of students enrolling in Catalan courses at Consortium for Linguistic Normalization (by level and by country of origin); registrations on the Catalan language learning platform, Parla.cat; the number of language pairs in the Language volunteering; els coneixements de català segons el darrer Cens lingüístic de 2011, i la distribució de la renda 2015-2016 recollida a l’Institut Nacional d’Estadística (INE). Entre els mesos de juny i setembre d’enguany es farà la primera actualització dels informes, amb la incorporació de dades actualitzades sobre els cursos de català per a adults del Consorci corresponents a l’any 2019 i 2020, noves dades sobre l’oferta de català al comerç a diverses ciutats i les dades de població escolar corresponents a cada municipi.

The # català947 project will be useful for the Linguistic Normalization Centers of the Consortium for Linguistic Normalization, for all Catalan councils and local bodies as a basis for promoting actions to promote the Catalan language and for all schools because they can draw up their language projects. It is also aimed at citizens who are interested in knowing the linguistic situation of a specific locality and all the local institutions and entities that work for the Catalan language and culture.

Finally, the General Directorate of Language Policy makes one available to the public contact route agile to respond to proposals, queries and suggestions on the data presented. It also offers a wide repertoire of studies sociolinguistics with demographic and sectorial and thematic data on the situation of the Catalan language, which can be consulted online. On the other hand, the Documentation Center de Política Lingüística is the main European documentation center in sociolinguistic matters and has all kinds of information on the situation of Catalan and other languages ​​available to the public.

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