Catalan can be studied at Oxford as an option within the study of your main language or languages: most of those who take it are reading Spanish.
Special Subjects (Paper XII) in the Final Honour School
Modern Catalan literature
Candidates will be expected to have a general knowledge of the field and a detailed knowledge of at least three authors. Compulsory passages for translation and commentary will be set from the works of the authors prescribed. Details of the authors and works prescribed for detailed knowledge will be available in the Modern Languages Faculty Office, 41 Wellington Square, at the beginning of the Michaelmas Full Term of the academic year of the examination.
Candidates will be required to show knowledge of the descriptive analysis of the contemporary language, and will have the opportunity of discussing the historical development of the language where this illuminates present-day usage. The paper will contain optional questions on the principles of descriptive linguistics to be answered with particular reference to Catalan. The paper will be divided into two sections, and candidates must answer from both: (a) the structure of Catalan as spoken and written at the present-day (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics); (b) an overview of the external history of the language and the regional varieties, the current sociolinguistic situation, standardisation and language policy.