Valencian linguistic conflict

The Valencian linguistic conflict,[1][2][3][4][5] also known as Valencian sociolinguist conflict,[1] refers to the conflict between the use of the Spanish and Valencian language in Valencia, Spain.[6]

During the Battle of Valencia (1978–1982) the term was used to refer to a controversy about the Valencian language and its relationship with the other dialects of the Catalan language.[3][7][6] This discussion is considered to be secondary when compared to the Valencian language controversy, the institutional diminishment of the Valencian language and the dominance of the Spanish language.[6][4]


Valencian sociolinguist Rafael Ninyoles i Monllor coined the term linguistic conflict by the end of the 1960s[6] to refer to certain diglossic situations, such as the Valencian one.[4] In his late works, he described the process of the ongoing substitution of Valencian by Castilian by social elites and the resulting loss of prestige of the vernacular language.[6]

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  • Climent-Ferrando, Vicent: "El origen y la evolución argumentativa del secesionismo lingüístico valenciano. Un análisis desde la transición hasta la actualidad."in catalan in english.
  • Pardines López, Susanna; Torres, Nathalie (2011). La política Lingüística al País Valencià (PDF). Fundació Nexe. ISBN 978-84-938315-4-7.
  • Pradilla, Miguel Ángel (2004). El laberint valencià. Apunts per a una sociolingüística del conflicte. Onada Edicions. ISBN 84-933441-3-3.