So, last night I was having dinner at my friend's house when his father and sister got into a heated argument over Catalan. The sister was saying that Catalan is its own language, and the father was saying that it was basically the same language as Spanish but with different pronunciation (he said the best parallel he could think of was the difference between Ashkenazi and Sephardic Hebrew). Well, the argument kind of ended in a draw, with neither of them convincing the other, but as I know nothing about Catalan I was interested in what you all had to say about this argument.
Sorry if this question has been asked before! I checked the memories but didn't find anything.