Edited by Miquel Àngel Pradilla Cardona
[IVITRA Research in Linguistics and Literature 32] 2022
► pp. 1–14
Almost five decades after its foundation, Catalan sociolinguistics is a vigorous discipline. It should be said, however, that the magnitude of the research carried out reveals a knowledge area with extremely vague limits. On the whole, Catalan sociolinguistics still presents a clearly sociological bias. The sociology of language is still the object of most of the scientific output by a critical mass of researchers who largely insist on empathising with the communicative viability of Catalan. Of course, the initial militancy following its foundation has been toned down, but even so, controversial approaches persist.
Despite the emphasis I have given to the section on macrosociology, Catalan sociolinguistics has also been active in the fields of variationism, the ethnography of communication and, in particular, pragmatics. The contributions made by microsociolinguistics show that Catalan sociolinguistics is a multidimensional entity with an ever-increasing diversity of interests.