Spanish Languages and the Constitutional Order to Be Upheld (or How to Report on a Continuous Present Half-Way Through the Day)

  • A. López Castillo


One of the characteristic features of the constitutional regeneration of Spain in the late 1970s was the constitutional recognition of the country’s linguistic diversity. In strict compliance with the proclamation made in the preamble (“The Spanish Nation… proclaims its will to: […] Protect all Spaniards and peoples of Spain in the exercise of human rights, of their cultures and traditions, and of their languages and institutions”), Article 3 SC sets out the guidelines for a linguistic model that, combined with the clause governing the gradual exercise of the right to autonomy of the nationalities and regions that compose the common and indivisible country of all Spaniards (Article 2 SC) and in the light of the parallels with the gradual planning, by means of a statutory enabling clause, of the political symbols of that complex unitary community (Article 4 SC), may be considered an open model but by no means an imprecise or incongruous one. Notwithstanding, therefore, the details of other constitutional provisions governing linguistic matters, the cornerstone of possible constitutional order in this matter lies in the interpretation of the sense and scope of Article 3 SC.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Facultad de DerechoUniversidad Autónoma de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria de CantoblancoMadridSpain

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