Monday, October 12, 2009
From an article here in French.
It has been the subject of discussion for 15 days in the Toulouse Metro. Some users are quite happy; others find it ridiculous. The rest simply don't understand: "What's this language, Spanish?" No. The announcements of "Capitoli" (Capitole), "Font de l'Estanh" (Fontaine-Lestang) or "Borda Roja" (Borderouge) are languedocien (Occitan).
The movement for the revitalization of Occitan was able to make street signs in the region bilingual in 2001, and since then the plan has been to bring in a phonetic aspect as well as a visual one, so the metro was thought to be ideal. It took four years of effort for the bilingualization of the metro to go from plan to implementation.
Apparently the announcements in Occitan were done as a test and will end the 25th of October at the end of the Occitania festival, but elected officials will meet on the 7th of November to make a decision on whether to continue with them, and at the same time they may bring up the discussion on whether to bring in other languages (English and Spanish) at the same time while they're at it.