SOME ASPECTS OF LANGUAGE POLICIES IN SPAIN, IRELAND AND BELGIUM
Keywords:Language preferences, regional languages, Irish language, education, scientific activity
Main characteristics of the language situation in other regions of Spain. Galicia is characterized by the widespread use of the Spanish language in large cities. This linguistic advantage is explained by the similarity of the two state languages and the historically established superiority of the Castilian language over the Galician language. Castilian has a greater dominance over regional languages in Aragon. It is used by 95% of the population. The remaining inhabitants speak both Aragonese and Catalan. Aragonese is spoken only in the foothills of the Pyrenees, the total number of speakers does not exceed 30 thousand out of two million ethnic Aragonese. Another autonomy for the Spanish state is Asturias, the only autonomous community outside of Catalonia to adopt a new language law at the end of the 20th century.