Lengua estándar, dialector y medios de comunicación: el euskera

Mediatika. Cuadernos de Medios de Comunicación, 9


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Donostia-San Sebastián

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The Basque language has undergone a very late standardisation and normalisation process. In spite of the fact that, in a more or less natural manner, some dialects and varieties have survived as prestigious varieties within their respective historical circumstances, it was not until the 20th century that the need was felt to decide which was to be imposed as the language of culture, especially for written use. In this process the media have had and still have a decisive role. The creation of current standard variety (the euskara batua) has received a decisive impulse from most of the Basque media. Nevertheless, the literary dialects and some local varieties have also received an impulse of the hand from the local media. In this text we refer to the use of the diverse varieties of the Basque language in the media and to present trends and future perspectives.
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