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The University of Alicante defends the use of the Valencian language amongst its students to celebrate 9th October

 

Alicante, 7 October 2014

The Office for Cultural and Language Promotion at the University of Alicante will distribute a text to celebrate the Region of valencia Day (9th October) among the on-campus students. The text remembers the creation of the Kingdom of Valencia by James I The Conqueror and defends the use of the Valencian language in all areas.  

The text, headed by the significant title "9 d'Octubre: Dia del Poble Valencià" highlights issues such as the 9th of October, 1238 marks the beginning of a collective history: the Valencian people. Therefore, nearly 800 years later, we, the people of Valencia today, remember and celebrate that achievement. Further on, it states that an invisible thread connects those strong early-thirteenth-century Valencian people with us, the Valencian people from the 21st century. This secular connection is our language: Valencian. Therefore, from the University of Alicante, we make a claim of the Valencian language as nexus, as a means of identification and integration, as a living and loved language. 

Finally, the text concludes that speaking Valencian on a daily basis with everyone  -with no insistence but with no renouncement- should be a routine, committed to our past, present and future as  different people. No matter if you were born here or there, no matter what language you speak at home, Valencian is everybody’s language; some effort to learn it will compensate us with the acquisition of a new language, a culture shared by more than eight million people.  

Tomorrow, Wednesday, 8 October, the University will end up the commemoration of 9th October with a concert by singer Cesk Freixas, at 1 pm, in the Poets' Corner of Campus Sant Vicent del Raspeig

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