Still a language

Spanish viewers were treated to Tanxugueiras, a Galician trio, and their song “Terra”. The presenters scored their first outrage with Galician viewers when, in what seemed a scripted line, one said (by way of introduction): “Belgium has sent a song in an invented language, not once but twice.” Her colleague jokily clarified: “But our next candidates to represent us have not invented anything.” Instead, she explained, the song was written in one of the regional languages that have joint official status in their parts of the country. It was mostly in Galician, spoken in Spain’s north-west, but included a repeated line (“there are no borders”) in Basque, Catalan, Asturian, Spanish and Spanish Sign Language.

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