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Lectureship for Catalan

Catalan courses and events on Catalan culture are offered every semester at the Freie Universität Berlin.

Lecturer for Catalan: Maria Burguera Mas
Room JK 30/148, Tel. 838 75908
E-Mail: m.burguera.mas@fu-berlin.de

About language and culture

The Catalan language is the only official language in Andorra (independent state in the Pyrenees), and is -along with Spanish- the officially recognized language in the autonomous regions of Catalonia, Valencia and the Balearic Islands. It is also spoken in La Franja (the western strip between Catalonia and Aragon in Spain). It is also used by the local government of Perpignan for all public announcements (as well as in other Catalan-speaking municipalities located on territories within the French state) and also in Alguer on the island of Sardinia. In addition, the Catalan language has also been recognized as a working and official language in some areas of the European institutions.

Catalan is closely related to Occitan, which is spoken in the southern third of France. Catalan, more than almost any other language, experienced a revival, so that today its knowledge is indispensable in all social contexts.  According to recent data, a total of about 7.3 million people speak Catalan, and about 9.8 million are able to understand the language.

Catalan-speaking culture is a culture that is more than a thousand years old. The earliest texts in Catalan date back to the 12th century. During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, an extensive literature emerged: the Mallorcan Ramon Llull established philosophy in the vernacular, the poetry of the Valencian Ausiàs March and Joanot Martorell's chivalric novel Tirant lo Blanc had a lasting effect beyond the linguistic area.

After the Renaixença, which was influenced by Romanticism, Catalonia opened up to European modernism in literature and architecture. Figures such as S. Dalí and J.V. Foix in Barcelona prepared the way in the avant-garde for today's vitality of theater, art and literature in Catalan.

Catalan is the only language in the world that, as such, has its own domain on the Internet: Since April 2006, it has been possible to have URLs ending with .cat. It is a general domain addressed to the linguistic and cultural Catalan community. Within a year, over 21,000 websites were registered.

Study Catalan at the Freie Universität Berlin: Combined bachelor's degree program

Catalan courses in the summer semester 2024

For detailed information on the courses, please contact Maria Burguera Mas: m.burguera.mas@fu-berlin.de.

17060 | Language course

  • Catalan basic module 2 (A1)
  • Time & place: Tuesdays 14-16h, Thursdays 16-18h, JK 31/124

17061 | Language course

  • Catalan basic module 3 (SprÜ II)
  • Time & place: Thursdays 14-16h, J 27/14

17063 | Proseminar

  • Multilingüismo y lenguas en contacto en el Estado español (in Spanish)
  • Time & place: Tuesdays 12-14h, KL 29/110

Click here for the entries in the course catalog.