Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Global Impact: RAE Sees No Difference in Spoken Variations on Either Side of the Atlantic

According to EFEJosé Manuel Blecua, head of Spain’s Real Academia de la Lengua (Royal Spanish Academy, or RAE) said on Tuesday (November 6) that the variation of spoken Spanish in Latin America “does not endanger” the language, which is spoken equally well on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Lic. Blecua also told EFE prior to giving a speech in Toledo entitled “The Royal Academy and its Future," emphasized that regardless of venue "there is no place where it [Spanish] is spoken better than in any other....It can be (the same) in Bogotá, in Mexico City as in Valladolid or Madrid and Barcelona, because there are no languages that are more pure than any others,” he insisted.

COMMENT: Blecua also emphasized that the misconceived notion that one form of Spanish  is or was purer than any other has essentially been debunked with the publication in 2009 of the “New Grammar of the Spanish Language,” the first grammar compendium reflecting all the varieties of Spanish.

When asked about the most important projects currently under way at the RAE, Blecua emphasized the celebration in 2013 of the third centennial of its creation and the publication in 2014 of the new edition of the authoritative “Dictionary of the Spanish Language,” on which work has been progressing since 2001.