Spanish is ‘losing out on Internet, in science’

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27 March 2007, CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA - Spanish is undergoing period of expansion as a language but needs to “consolidate”, said the director of the Real Academia Española.

27 March 2007

CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA -  Spanish is undergoing period of expansion as a language but needs to “consolidate”, said the director of the  Real Academia Española.

Victor Garcia de la Concha, head of Spain’s royal language academy, told  the 4th International Congress on the Spanish Language  in Cartagena its importance was on the rise.

This can be seen in countries like the United States and Brazil, he said, where the number of people speaking that language is on the increase, while in the Far East and Eastern Europe there is more  interest in the language that originated in Castile.

"It is potentially a language of universal communication, although it must be consolidated as a language of universal communication," Garcia de la Concha said.

He added that to achieve that goal, Spanish needs greater presence in two great areas: new technologies and science.

"We are far behind in the new technologies due to the poverty (of many Spanish-speaking countries) and in the scientific field we are an absolutely negative factor," he said.

He said that in the world of diplomacy, Spanish "is not accorded the status that it deserves," and he said the congress would have some thoughts on the subject.

The 4th International Congress on the Spanish Language runs ntil Thursday with some 1,200 academics, writers and political figures in attendance.

The opening session on Monday was to honour Colombian writer and Nobel literature laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez with a commemorative edition of his masterpiece, "One Hundred Years of Solitude."

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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