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Robert VannProfessor studies Catalan and its influence on language and society

In 1995, Spanish linguistics professor Dr. Robert Vann traveled to Barcelona, Spain, and studied language ideologies and language use in the first generation of young people in two and a half centuries to grow up with Catalan as a primary language of elementary, secondary school and university instruction. This coming January, Dr. Vann will return to Barcelona to conduct follow-up sociolinguistic research with the same people, just as a growing Catalan independence movement is poised to boil over.