The purpose of this study is to present the most salient conclusions of a study that analysed the extent to which language contact has modified the varieties of Castilian spoken in Catalonia. The research combines qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and is carried out from a structural point of view. The material gathered is a set of informal interactions produced by school-aged subjects. Results show that the amount of language contact phenomena remains extremely low, less than 2% on the whole. Considering the composition of the sample (pupils from a range of schools around Catalonia), it can be said that the increase in the use of Catalan in education has not modified the Castilian spoken by children.
Selected Proceedings of the First Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics
edited by Lotfi Sayahi
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