We may wonder what these results
1. If use of
the language is linked to the social network and this latter is progressively reduced in
generational transmission, the number of speakers will also be reduced.
2. If use of
the language correlates mainly with the representation of this latter, and it is very much
linked to the social network, as the representation increases, so too will the number of
new speakers. In other words, as in the case of the Balearic Islands, if the
representation of Spanish (which is correlative to that of Catalan), drops, the use of
Catalan will increase.
consequences of these results are clear: to reverse a process of language shift, we must
1. That the
variable that best correlates with use is social representation;
generational transmission is not negative for the language in decline or in danger of
We will not
discuss here the measures that need to be taken to promote a change in the current trend.
To summarise, we will simply affirm that the validation of our theoretical and
methodological model in the context of the Balearic Islands provides us with a very
productive tool for the study of processes of language shift and for the design of
strategies for reversing these latter. Moreover, these advances in sociology of language
could also be very useful in other areas of social science.
All in all,
these fruits guarantee the model that we proposed. That is to say, we can provide a very
good explanation of the linguistic choices of speakers. As we know, there is always room
for improvement, but we are in no doubt about the fact that we have made an important step
in discovering the reasons for the use of Catalan in the Balearic Islands, which was our
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