Catalan language

Catalan (/ˈkætələn, -æn, ˌkætəˈlæn/;[3][4] autonym: català, Eastern Catalan: [kətəˈla]), known in the Valencian Community and Carche as Valencian (autonym: valencià), is a Western Romance language. It is the official language of Andorra,[5] and an official language of two autonomous communities in eastern Spain: Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. The language is officially styled as Valencian in the Valencian Community. It also has semi-official status in the Italian comune of Alghero.[6] It is also spoken in the Pyrénées-Orientales department of France and in two further areas in eastern Spain: the eastern strip of Aragon and the Carche area in the Region of Murcia. The Catalan-speaking territories are often called the Països Catalans or "Catalan Countries".

català, valencià
Pronunciation[kətəˈla], [valensiˈa]
Native toAndorra, France, Italy, Spain
SpeakersL1: 4.1 million (2012)[1]
L2: 5.1 million
Total: 9.2 million
Early forms
Standard forms
Latin (Catalan alphabet)
Catalan Braille
Signed Catalan
Official status
Official language in


Recognised minority
language in
Regulated byInstitut d'Estudis Catalans
Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua
Language codes
ISO 639-1ca
ISO 639-2cat
ISO 639-3cat
Domínio geolinguístico do catalão
  Territories where Catalan/Valencian is spoken and is official
  Territories where Catalan/Valencian is spoken but is not official
  Territories where Catalan/Valencian is not historically spoken but is official
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A speaker of Catalan (Majorcan dialect).
Artur Mas, former president of Catalonia, discussing individual identity, collective identity and language.

The language evolved from Vulgar Latin in the Middle Ages around the eastern Pyrenees. Nineteenth-century Spain saw a Catalan literary revival,[7][8] culminating in the early 1900s.

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