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The Indexpla Applied to the City of Barcelona, by Montserrat Peitx


9.1. Fundamental Change in the structure of normalisation plans

With the application of the Indexpla, linguistic normalisation plans were designed based on the diagnosis of the factors described here in, and an organisation’s objectives to increase the use of Catalan could be defined in a much more structured and specific fashion.

10. Analysis of the first observations of the factors

10.1. Socio-economic sphere

Figure 13. Factors in the Socio-economic sphere

Figure 13. Factors in the Socio-economic sphere

This graph depicts the differences, by sub sector, of all the factors in the first Indexpla observations made of the Socio-economic sphere. It is obvious that most intervention is needed in staff language training, and this is where businesses must concentrate most effort.

In the Public companies sub sector however, no factor, apart from the linguistic competency of the staff, gains more than 80% of the ILN. What is considered to be the threshold of normalisation has been reached in all areas. But, it must be born in mind that only two entities were observed, and this could have distorted the overall results.

The Professional associations behave similarly to Public companies, however the differences observed between the level of linguistic competency of the staff and most of the other factors is much more marked.

Within the Private companies grouping, no factor goes beyond the threshold level of linguistic normalisation, all fall below the 60% mark. And linguistic competency is the factor showing the lowest ILN, as in all of the other sub sectors.

10.2. Health and Social Welfare Institutions

Figure 14. Factors in Health and Social Welfare Institutions

Figure 14. Factors in Health and Social Welfare Institutions

This graph depicts the differences in the first observations made of all of the factors in the sub sectors of the Health and Social Welfare Institutions area.

In the Cultural Associations sub sector one can see how all factors, except that of linguistic competency, fall inside the threshold level of normalisation.

In the Sports centres and Sports bodies sub sector, all factors are inside the threshold level of normalisation, even the linguistic competency of the staff. This is the only group where this factor is at the same level as the other factors.

Similar vales were observed at the Healthcare institutions and the AMPAs.

11. Conclusions

Having analysed the results of the study of the 300 Indexpla observations in the city, we can conclude that it is not just a useful tool – it is an essential one if we are to be able to measure the advances in, or the stagnation of, the uses of the Catalan language amongst all of the organisations in the city with which an agreement has been signed, and which therefore have demonstrated their awareness and interest in incorporating or improving Catalan within their organisation.

Conclusions by sectors and factors have been noted after each graph – once again it must be noted that the Linguistic Competency factor is the one that presented the lowest levels, and we know also, that this is the factor where most time is required to push the level upwards because the process for achieving linguistic competency takes longer than any of the other factors.

The private companies sub sector study was a global one and did not take account of the type of activity the companies were involved in. We should look at the distribution of these companies by activity, as it is possible that the conclusions reached in such an analysis may give a new focus to the services provided to them.

It is obvious that the entities that we have studied are not a representative sample of the range of organisations of the city, as we stated above: It would be very interesting to undertake the Ofercat observation in order to have a complete diagnosis of the uses of Catalan in the city.

Montserrat Peitx
Barcelona Language Normalisation Centre
Consortium for Language Normalisation

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