Valencian linguistic conflict

The Valencian linguistic conflict,[1][2][3][4][5] also known as Valencian sociolinguist conflict,[1] refers to the conflict between the use of the Spanish and Valencian language in Valencia.[6]

During the Battle of Valencia (1978–1982) the term was used to refer to a controversy about the Valencian language and its relationship with the other dialects of the Catalan language.[3][7][6] This discussion is considered to be secondary when compared to the Valencian language controversy, the institutional diminishment of the Valencian language and the dominance of the Spanish language.[6][4]


Valencian sociolinguist Rafael Ninyoles i Monllor coined the term linguistic conflict by the end of the 1960s[6] to refer to certain diglossic situations, such as the Valencian one.[4] In his late works, he described the process of the ongoing substitution of Valencian by Castilian by social elites and the resulting loss of prestige of the vernacular language.[6]