Use and perception of languages in Catalonia in May 2014

Linguistic identity of people in Catalonia May 2014 This statistic represents how people living in Catalonia use and perceive their languages according to a survey carried out in May 2014. Although over 50 percent of respondents spoke only Spanish at home when growing up, in 2014 Catalan alone was the main language of communication for 46 percent of respondents. This, as well as the fact that 43 percent considered Catalan to be their own language, represents the growth in popularity of the regional language which has undeniably played a role in the cultural and national identity of Catalans and Catalonia.
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Catalan (Valencian/Balearic)SpanishBoth: Catalan (Valencian/Balearic) and SpanishAranese**Other languages or language combinationsDon't know
Which language do you consider your own?43%30.6%25.6%0%0.8%0%
Which language did you speak at home as a child?39%52.5%5.3%0.1%2.8%0.3%
Which language do you use most often?46%35.7%17.8%0%0.4%0%
Catalan (Valencian/Balearic)SpanishBoth: Catalan (Valencian/Balearic) and SpanishAranese**Other languages or language combinationsDon't know
Which language do you consider your own?43%30.6%25.6%0%0.8%0%
Which language did you speak at home as a child?39%52.5%5.3%0.1%2.8%0.3%
Which language do you use most often?46%35.7%17.8%0%0.4%0%
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This statistic represents how people living in Catalonia use and perceive their languages according to a survey carried out in May 2014. Although over 50 percent of respondents spoke only Spanish at home when growing up, in 2014 Catalan alone was the main language of communication for 46 percent of respondents. This, as well as the fact that 43 percent considered Catalan to be their own language, represents the growth in popularity of the regional language which has undeniably played a role in the cultural and national identity of Catalans and Catalonia.
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Release date
August 2014
Region
Spain
Survey time period
May 5 to 20, 2014
Number of respondents
1,600*
Method of interview
Computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI)
Supplementary notes
* Barcelona = 600, Girona = 350, Lleida = 300, Tarragona = 350.
** Aranese is a dialect of Occitan with a few thousand speakers, spoken in the Vall d'Aran in Catalonia, on the border with France. It is the third official language of Catalonia.

Total share does not come to 100 due to the exclusion of respondents who did not answer the question.

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