Spanish cornered in its own backyard
9 August 2004, MADRID - The Spanish language has more problems being heard in its own country than in South America, leading philologist Francisco Rodríguez Adrados said on Monday.
9 August 2004
MADRID - The Spanish language has more problems being heard in its own country than in South America, leading philologist Francisco Rodríguez Adrados said on Monday.
While the language is in no apparent danger in the New World, it has "more problems" at home where it is "very cornered", he said.
Speaking at a press conference in Santander, the emeritus professor gave as an example a scientific conference held in Barcelona where there was "social and political pressure on the speaker to talk in the Catalan language".
Yet 80 percent of those listening could not understand the region's language, he added.
Rodriguez Adrados said the former Partido Popular (PP) made "a big mistake" in leaving legislation on the quality of teaching (La Ley de Calidad de la Enseñanza) until the last. With that legislation "we would have won something," he said.
He also thought there was a general reaction in Europe against the ancient classical languages, a sort of "anti-history" in which only present times were regarded as interesting and valid.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news