The jury of the Ramon Llull International Prize decided unanimously to award this distinction to the Spanish linguist Juan Carlos Moreno Cabrera. The members of the jury, who met on Thursday in Barcelona, awarded him the prize “for his academic contributions to the defence of the equality and dignity of all languages and his critical attitude to assimilationist linguistic ideologies”.
Moreno Cabrera’s work stands out for his critical view of the ideologies and myths of Spanish linguistic nationalism and the defence of minority languages in general and Catalan in particular. The award ceremony will be held next November in Andorra.
The prize, which is worth 8,000 euros, is thrown open every year and organised jointly by the Ramon Llull Foundation and the Catalan Culture Congress Foundation. The aim of this recognition is to value all the individual work of a person outside the Catalan-speaking world, written in any language, which has provided significant knowledge of Catalan history and culture. This year the members of the jury were Marta Rovira, Miquel Strubell and Josep Massot, for the Catalan Culture Congress Foundation, and Vicenç Villatoro, Isidor Marí, Manuel Pérez-Saldanya and Joaquim Torres for the Ramon Llull Foundation.
In recent years the winners were Max Wheeler (2013), Georg Kremnitz (2012), Malika Ahmed (2010), Denise Boyer (2009), Michael van Walt van Praag (2008), Alan Yates (2007), Tilbert Stegmann (2006), Paul Preston (2005) and Giuspeppe Tavani (2004).
Juan Carlos Moreno Cabrera
Juan Carlos Moreno Cabrera is a Spanish linguist (Madrid, 1956), professor of General Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics, Modern Languages, Logic and Philosophy of Science at the Universidad Autònoma de Madrid.
He is the author of 16 books and over 100 articles in journals and collective works. Most of these deal with syntactic and semantic typology or the classification, situation, expansion and disappearance of the languages of the world. In several of them he has looked at world language diversity and has been a member of the scientific committee of the Unesco Report on World Languages, which was published in 2005 under the title Words and Worlds: Multilingual Matters. He directed the Spanish adaptation of The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Language by David Crystal.
He has stood out for his critical view of the ideologies and myths of Spanish linguistic nationalism and his defence of minority languages in general and Catalan in particular. He was also a member of Linguamón-Casa de les Llengües.
1987: Lógica formal y lingüística
1987: Fundamentos de sintaxis general
1990: Lenguas del mundo
1995: La Lingüística teórico-tipológica
1998: Diccionario de lingüística neológico y multilingüe
1998: Materiales para un curso de sintaxis general sobre la base de cuatro lenguas euroasiáticas
2000: Curso universitario de lingüística general
2000: La dignidad e igualdad de las lenguas
2003: Semántica y gramática
2003: El universo de las lenguas
2004: Introducción a la lingüística
2006: De Babel a Pentecostés. Manifiesto plurilinguïsta
2006: La dignidad e igualdad de las Lenguas. Crítica de la discriminación lingüística
2008: El nacionalismo lingüístico. Una ideología destructiva
2010: Spanish is different. Introducción al español como lengua extranjera
2014: Los dominios del español. Guía del imperialismo lingüístico panhispánico
Awarded by the Ramon Llull Foundation and the Catalan Culture Congress Foundation
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