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Title: The Architect of Modern Catalan
Subtitle: Selected writings
Written By: Pompeu Fabra
Edited By: Joan Costa Carreras
Translated By: Alan Yates
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=Z%20150
Description:

Pompeu Fabra (1868-1948) is renowned as the person who reformed and
codified modern Catalan, giving it the condition of a normativised language
of culture that proved fit to meet all the challenges of the twentieth
century. The context in which he worked was defined by the ideology and
momentum of a dynamic Catalan nationalism emerging out of the
nineteenth-century cultural revival movement, energies which have continued
to affect politics in the Spanish state through to the present. The
imposing corpus of Fabra’s writings— newspaper articles, lectures and
papers, various grammars and the redaction of the official dictionary of
Catalan— covered all aspects of the normativisation and the social
normalisation of a rejuvenated national language. His work was, moreover,
abreast of the most advanced developments in the newly emerging discipline
of modern linguistics.The present volume was conceived in response to
expressions of disappointment that the figure and the intellectual
contributions of Pompeu Fabra have remained virtually unrecognised
internationally. Some rectification of this situation is offered by this
first ever translation into English of a representative selection of his
writings, accompanied by the first substantial study on him in that
language. In this way his work should be made much more accessible to the
international community of linguists and of specialists in various branches
of the social sciences, for whom Fabra’s exclusive dedication to Catalan
retains great relevance.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discipline of Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Catalan-Valencian-Balear
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027289247
Prices: Europe EURO 95.00
U.S. $ 143.00
 
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027232649
Prices: Europe EURO 95.00
U.S. $ 143.00