The Making of Catalan Linguistic Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Times

  • Vicente Lledó-Guillem

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Vicente Lledó-Guillem
    Pages 1-24
  3. The Political Use of the Occitan Language by the Catalan-Aragonese Monarchy

  4. The Interpretation of the Catalan-Occitan Relationship in the Construction of the Spanish Empire

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 223-250

About this book


The historical relationship between the Catalan and Occitan languages had a definitive impact on the linguistic identity of the powerful Crown of Aragon and the emergent Spanish Empire. Drawing upon a wealth of historical documents, linguistic treatises and literary texts, this book offers fresh insights into the political and cultural forces that shaped national identities in the Iberian Peninsula and, consequently, neighboring areas of the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Period. The innovative textual approach taken in these pages exposes the multifaceted ways in which the boundaries between the region’s most prestigious languages were contested, and demonstrates how linguistic identities were linked to ongoing struggles for political power. As the analysis reveals, the ideological construction of Occitan would play a crucial role in the construction of a unified Catalan, and Catalan would, in turn, give rise to a fervent debate around ‘Spanish’ language that has endured through the present day. This book will appeal to students and scholars of historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, Hispanic linguistics, Catalan language and linguistics, anthropological linguistics, Early Modern literature and culture, and the history of the Mediterranean.


Linguistic historiography Linguistic anthropology Catalan Occitan Sicilian Vespers Spanish Empire Ausiàs March Bernat Desclot, Crònica Gaspar Escolano, Década primera Philology Crown of Aragon Early Modern linguistics Medieval linguistics Ramon Muntaner Nationalism linguistic nationalism Aragonese Catalan-Aragonese monarchy

Authors and affiliations

  • Vicente Lledó-Guillem
    • 1
  1. 1.Romance Languages and LiteratureHofstra UniversityHempstead, NYUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-72079-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-72080-7
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