The case of Rumañol, a rule-breaking or a rule-creating variety?
Iuliana Raileanu, Cristina
Llanes Baró, Àngels
Universitat de Lleida, Facultat de Lletres
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Over the past 20 years there has been a mass migration of Romanians to Spain. A relevant amount of them established in Catalonia (according to the Institut d’Estadística de Catalunya) settling with their families. The children of these families have developed a new code to communicate, which is at the threshold between the local languages, Spanish and Catalan. The present paper addresses the use of the language spoken between Romanian children born in Catalonia. The main issue of this work is to determine whether the language used among these people is a newly rising variety or a mere transitional phase to an eventual language attrition. What is interesting in this analysis is the fact that the same features of this variety have survived over the years, acquiring a grammar of its own, which its speakers seem to follow.
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