ABSTRACT

Castellano (Castilian Spanish) is the official language for the whole of Spain, but several of Spain's autonomous regions have their own languages which are legally treated on a par with Castellano. Castellano is spoken by 70 per cent of the Spanish population. Cátala (Catalan) is spoken by 21 per cent of the population, and has official status in the regions of Catalonia, Valencia (where it differs very slightly from Catalan and is called Valencian) and the Balearic Islands. Galego (Galician) is spoken by 7 per cent of the population, and is recognized in Galicia. Euskera (Basque) is spoken by 1 per cent of the population, and is recognized in the Basque region and Navarre. There are also some 11 000 speakers of Aragonese; 100 000 speakers of Asturian; 40 000 speakers of Caló; 200 000 speakers of Extremaduran; 10 500 speakers of Fala; 3 814 speakers of Gascon and about 750 speakers of Vlach Romani.