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This article analyses and attempts to explain conflicting views about the value associated with Galician in contemporary Galicia. It does so by tracing the possible source of these conflicting values historically, from the effects of language contact with Spanish since the fourteenth
century, right through to attempts made to revive Galician in the late nineteenth century to the current sociolinguistic situation in the context of the twenty-first century. It explores the reasons why the number of Galician speakers continues to decline despite the seemingly more favourable
attitudes towards the language amongst the Galician population.
The International Journal of Iberian Studies (IJIS) is the academic journal for scholars from around the world whose research focuses on contemporary Spain and Portugal from a range of disciplinary perspectives. IJIS is interested in history (20th century onwards), government and politics; foreign policy and international relations.