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Aragonese Oriental Language
Valencian Language
Balearic Language
Spanish Language

             The phenomenon of linguistic substitution has always worried the socio-linguistic community. From a historical prospective, the minority languages have always suffer a menace for language superposition or language substitution.

             The majority of language substitution cases show a natural evolution cause, that is the language users decide to substitute their own language for a majority language. We can also observe substitution by political o economic reasons, this process is occurring lately quite often due to the globalization process.

             Western countries assume objectives that increase the sensitivity towards different aspects of Human Rights.

             Without any doubt, one of these aspects is the right of Identity and the right of social and public use and diffusion of a language from a collective or group of people. The European Union has defined and created a list of protective and promotional laws of all minority languages existing in a territory, opening a new issue about multilingual and multicultural harmony. This issue will be even more accentuated with a higher integration grade of the European Union offering a possible and remarkable experience on world cultural harmony.

             Currently the right of maintaining and using a minority language is very limited not only because of the inefficiency of the political protections and promotions based on burocratic budgets but also the many lobbies that promote language substitution opposing the preservation of real language and cultural wealth diversity.

             We can observe different official linguistic grades are established among distinguished levels of the Public Administration. In the first grade we find the official language of the European Union with a maximum measurements for promotion and diffusion. In a second grade, we find the official languages of the different states of the Union that are not listed in the first grade. In a third grade we find the official minority languages recognized in the European Letter of Minority Languages and a fourth grade the minority languages not officially recognized.

             We also find the existence of cultural organizations associated to certain university, academic, private and public instances with political interests that collect public funds for language and cultural separatism purposes.

             It is clear that there is a lot to do in this panorama if we wish that the linguistic issue would no become the cause for some collectives to feel oppressed affecting a harmonious and stable living among all Europeans.

             It is not understandable that European societies try to live in harmony accepting the current multicultural and multi-linguistic reality in the world, not only denying certain minority languages and groups but also helping to extinguish native European languages.

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