The law of creation of the AVL on the 2nd of September 1998 was created from
the bill of the CVC. The only thing that the representatives did was to
transform it into law.
Both the bill of the CVC and the law of creation of the AVL have been written
using linguistic occultation, ambiguities, vagueness, fallacies and subterfuges
to induce different interpretations and to avoid clarifying the comprehension
of the text.
The final result is simply the result of negotiations and pacts between PP and
PSPV-PSOE with electoral and political motivations, and it is not the result
of an objective and rigorous study on the subject.
From the analysis, we can extract the following 9 points:
1. The name of the organism:
We all know that a new Valencian normative organism is been created, but we do
not know of which language since AVL stands for ¨Academia Valenciana de la
Llengua¨ (Valencian Academy of the Language).
2. Name (denomination) of the language
This is the first "depersonalization" of the Valencian language because it is
clearly established the non-exclusivity of the statute name of Valencian
language in the autonomic institutional ambit. This supposes a violation
(1) of the statute definition: Valencian language,
because the affirmation of a definition itself excludes another ones. From this
moment on it will be allowed the official use of Catalan language in all of
3. Origin of the language
This law does not recognize the Valencian language as the symbol of identity
for the Valencian people but shared with another autonomies. This law
subordinates and includes Valencian language in Catalan language (in which
Valencian does not have to be included) hiding this intention with subterfuges.
As the IEC decided some months before (May 12th, 1997), to include Valencian
language between its normative and academic competence.
(2). In this sense, the non-law proposition of
the Parliament of the Nation of the 20th of May 1997 declares Valencian
language as a denomination of Catalan language.
4. Orthographic codification (normativisation):
It is confirmed the official expansion of the Catalan orthographic rules of
1932 and the posterior versions of which the law says: "they are the basic
reference… of which is not possible to dispense with…they have to be preserved
and make rich", this point discriminates by omission the Fullana's Valencian
normative as well as the anterior and posterior Valencian orthographic
proposals, included the current Orthographic normative of El Puig, proposed by
the department of language and literature of the RACV. In spite of being the
official normative during the pre-autonomic government
(3) and in the diverse responsibilities in
government areas which UnioValenciana developed in the autonomic and municipal
administration during the last years. In conclusion, this law justifies the
continuity of avoiding any change in the linguistic politics made by PSOE and
for more than 5 years now by the PP.
The bill, the law and the previous acts were dictated following the normative
of IEC- Institut d'Estudis Catalans - (Institute of Catalan Studies),
contradicting "the Valencian lexicographic, literary tradition, and the genuine
linguistic reality". Paradoxically, the law states that it pretends to respect
this tradition. The member of the CVC, Josep Boronat stated from the beginning
that: "I oppose to the writing of the letter and annexes because they do not
recognize the Valencian language".
The new organism that it is proposed to create for normalizing is a
paraphernalia and a pantomime because it does not deny neither excludes
subordinate relations with the IEC, leaving the doors opened for these
5. The laws produces a imposed solution and an unilateral point of view
and therefore an incomplete vision of the real linguistic problem and the
social linguistic reality. The law has not attended any of the valencianist
proposals neither has done any reference to the last and magna popular
demonstration pro the linguistic conflict on the 13th of June. There is more
that just one solution to solve a problem, and we should not ignore other
possible alternatives. The Valencian linguistic conflict has not been treated
studying all of possibilities, dimensions and points of view.
6. Non defined and confuse objectives
have driven to an equally confused bill with a perverse reporting and with a
tendency to lie. The problem was never oriented to open new ways of solution to
the Valencian linguistic conflict, more over, any effective diagnosis and
analysis of this conflict has systematically been boycotted."
7. There was a great political pressure
in all of sessions of the CVC (7).
The major catalanist group attacked a member of CVC, Monsenyor Juan Antonio
Reig Pla, bishop of Segorp-Castello, who decided to resign. Monsenyor Reig Pla
was the only representative of the Valencian parishes; he is Valencian and
normally speaks the Valencian language. The Valencian newspaper wrote: "The
bishop Reig resigns from the CVC due to the attacks and disqualification from
the PSOE, UPV, EU and Bloc"
(8). As he declared: "With these attitudes of
mistrustfulness is impossible to accomplish the goals that I proposed myself,
there is neither respect for the people, nor interest for the truth...I
proposed myself to respect everybody and search for the truth with the final
goal of getting to a satisfactory consensus about the language issue".
8. There is a worrying and foreseeing endogamy in the AVL,
since the rest of their colleagues will follow the 21 initial members by
co-optation of themselves. It will create a vicious circle controlled
exclusively by the majority initial group, probably catalanist producing
eventually uniformity in the catalanist way. Neither the plurality nor the
necessary discrepancy has been guaranteed. Due to the catalanist political
direction of the PSOE and PP that is being followed now, the academic ambits
of literature and education from which the future members of the AVL will come,
are followers and defenders of the catalanist paradigm.
9. This law protects the censure of any other normative
and its users. In this way, the linguistic problem will only aggravate,
creating a new and dramatic division among the Valencian people, between
followers of the law and people who does not recognize this political law
1. The magistrate and President of the Constitutional Tribunal, Mr. José
Gabaldón López, also pronounced his particular vote to the 27th of April,
1997 sentence:" ...contrary to the given argument, the LRU is not the only
limitation to the autonomy of the University but the Autonomic Statute....
we should have rejected the bill."
2. Levante, May 15th, 1997:" It is recognized that the Catalan language in
Valencia is known as Valencian". Levante, August 8th, 1997.
3. Desamparados Cabanes Pecourt, Consellera d'Educacio, "Introduction of the
Valencian language as a mandatory lecture in the plan of studies for the
Valencian Community (course 1982/83)"
4. The danger in initiating this plan was that l'Institut d'Estudis Catalans
would have all the power to make disappear eventually the Valencian language
5. Las Provincias, 25/5/1999. The PSPV says: "This is the only solution to
solve the linguistic problem".
6. Individual vote for Lleopolt Penyarroja i Xavier Casp.
7. Las Provincias, 26/6/1998.
8. Las Provincias, 20/2/1998.Miss Consuelo Reyna wrote: "PSOE, UPV, Bloc
and EU, have created a whole campaign to end with it"