On the prickly matter of language, by JC Major

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“The importance of making the language uniform has always been recognized as great, and it is a sign of dominion or superiority by princes or nations . . .” José Rodrigo Villalpando, senior officer of the Council of Castile, 1716 “The utmost resolve shall be applied in introducing the Castilian language, to which end the most guarded and surreptitious measures should be taken, so that the effect is accomplished without the intent being noticed.” From the secret instructions issued to …