Catalan is a Gallo-Iberian member of the Italic subgroup of the Indo-European language family spoken by 6.4 million first-language speakers and as many as 10 million speakers in total. Catalan is also known as Català, Bacaves and Catalonian and is one of the group of western neo-Latin languages, together with French, Portuguese and Spanish, the most widely-spoken languages in the same family. Catalan is spoken in a large area (68,000 km2) in the east of Spain (Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, Valencia, the Franja - the area in Aragon bordering on Catalonia - and other municipalities in Murcia that border on Valencia), Andorra, the south of France (North Catalonia – the Department of Pyrénées Orientales) and in the Sardinian city of l'Alguer (Alghero). Catalan in all its variants is spoken over an area with a population of 10 million.
Basic information on the Catalan language, by Marta Ribas. Bilingual page (English and Catalan).
Sociolinguistic study of the use of Catalan in Spain, France (area around Perpignan), and Italy (city of Alghero, in Sardinia). Trilingual site (Catalan, English, and French).
Catalog of primary sources, manuscript and printed, for the study of medieval Catalan culture. The bilingual site (English and Catalan) is the result of collaboration among US and Spanish universities, and is hosted by the University of California at Berkeley.
Site of the government-financed board devoted to the standardization of the Catalan language. Multilingual site [Catalan, English, French, and Spanish].
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