Street Measurements of Basque Use for Towns


The methodological basis of the Street Measurements of Basque Use we conduct in towns has developed from the measurement taken all over the Basque Country, but in this case adapted to the special characteristics of towns. The General Street Measurement of Basque Use in the Basque Country was conducted for the first time in 1989 and since then has been repeated every four years: in 1993 and in 1997. When the EKB disappeared in 1998, the SEI undertook to conduct the General Measurement and the 4th Measurement was taken in November 2001. So the SEI has gathered the methodological bases and experience of the measurements conducted so far and now, using this tried and tested base, the Sociolinguistics Cluster conducts these measurements of Basque use in towns. In 2005 measurements were taken in the following towns: Eskoriatza, Getaria and Hernani. The measurements taken in the autumn of 2005 and presented in 2006 corresponded to Antzuola, Oiartzun, Aretxabaleta, and Urretxu-Zumarraga. In 2006 the Street Measurement of Basque Use for the Basque Country as a whole is due to take place, and there will be special street measurements in many towns, in 28 in fact.