The survey has been carried out by the CAPB with support from the region of New Aquitaine, the Departmental Council of the Atlantic Pyrenees, the ÒPLO and the Occitan Institute. It has revealed that 5% of the population of Baish Ador speaks the local Occitan variety, Gascon, and a further 7% understands it. And yet, 78% of people surveyed say they feel linked to Gascon and support the implementation of measures to preserve and develop the language.
This data has convinced the CAPB to launch a specific language policy for Gascon. Measures in the fields of education, signs and support to municipalities and associations will be funded with those 50,000 euros.
Although the target figure is almost 20 times lower than that devoted to the promotion of Basque, it must be taken into account that it is the first time that the CAPB will carry out a language policy for Occitan since this coordination body was created, January 2017.
The decision is a step to deploy policies aligned with the recognition of Occitan and Basque as the own languages of the CAPB’s territory.
(This news is adapted from Occitan newspaper Jornalet, with which Nationalia maintains a cooperation agreement. Translation from Occitan by Nationalia.)