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Insights into bilingualism in Catalonia. By Carles Casajuana Palet

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Leading Catalan writer and diplomat Carles Casajuana spoke about his work and his experience of bilingualism at the annual Perez de Ayala lecture at the University of Southampton. His latest book The Last Man Who Spoke Catalan won the 2009 Ramon Llull award. The novelist was Spanish Ambassador to the UK from 2008-2012. Students and staff heard Senor Casajuana describe the development of bilingual education, which results in children gaining a good command of both languages by the age of 16. However, increasing levels of immigration has reduced the proportion of people who use Catalan; concerns have been raised for the survival of the language. For more information on Modern Languages at the University of Southampton please visit www.southampton.ac.uk/ml

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