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Mama `poma´, dad `apple´: Raising a Child with Catalan in Australia

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Author(s): Victòria Gras

Journal: Coolabah
ISSN 1988-5946

Volume: 1;
Start page: 48;
Date: 2007;
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Keywords: Catalan | bilingualism | Australian community languages | first languag | : minority language | language policy

ABSTRACT
The decision to speak Catalan to my daughter came naturally to me. Howelse would I tell a story, sing a lullaby or make her laugh but in thelanguage I was told stories, sung lullabies to and made to laugh since I wasa new-born! However, whereas the choice to speak one’s mother tongue toyour children is not questioned anymore in Spain, making this same choicewhen you live elsewhere seems to raise a lot of eyebrows. In this article Iwill reflect, from my own experience, on speaking a language of Spainother than Spanish in Australia. Catalan is one of 300 communitylanguages in Australia, and it’s spoken by a small and ageing population.
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