SPAIN: Linguistic Imperialism?

I said: My advice to all the Spaniards who are promoting the use of their dialect as a language (various regions are afflicted with this problem) is ¡Habla cristiano!, i.e. Spanish. "Speak Christian" was the demand made of  those who still spoke Arabic after the conquest.  The Spanish language is the glue that holds Spain together.

Christopher Jones comments: I have a feeling that Sabino Arana wouldn't have agreed with that statement.  Arana lamented the replacement of Basque by Castilian; The Guardia Civil used the phrase "¡habla cristiano!" in the Basque country when they heard Basques conversing in their language -- judging by the events in the Basque parliament over the past few days, the desire not to submit to Castilian imperialism is very, very strong.  Talks are now underway to set a date for the independence referendum. RH: Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and the Spanish parliament have just rejected making any more concessions to the Basques.  Good.

Ronald Hilton 2004


last updated: February 28, 2005