Millions of Europeans use the Catalan language every day, both in their private lives and in the more formal contexts of life in society. Catalan is therefore a language suited to the needs of a modern, open society, rooted in its geography and its traditions, but it is also a communication tool of a society that wants to become even better known in Europe and the rest of the world.
The exhibition Catalan, a language of Europe (El català, llengua d’Europa) seeks to take visitors on a tour of the different theoretical and practical aspects of this Romance language, offering an overview of the area where it is spoken, how many speakers it has and its literary output, while highlighting the role which, as a language of integration and cohesion, it plays in Catalonia’s education system, including higher education.
Finally, the exhibition also provides information on the .cat domain, which was obtained as a result of the work done by Fundació “puntCAT”, and which represents the first domain in the world that identifies a language and a culture in Internet.
The exhibit is on display in the UC San Diego Social Sciences & Humanities Library (in the Geisel Library building) now through May 31st.
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