MO­RE SPA­NISH IN THE UNI­TED STA­TES

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The fu­tu­re of the lan­gua­ge of Cer­van­tes arou­ses op­ti­mis­min the Uni­ted Sta­tes. The to­pic was the fo­cus of the talk with which cul­mi­na­ted the pho­to­grap­hic ex­hi­bi­ti­on La­ti­no / Co­ti­di­a­no USA, in the em­bassy of Spain in Cuba. For cul­tu­ral ad­vi­sor Gui­ller­mo Cor­ral, mo­re than 50 mi­lli­on spe­akers (18% of the po­pu­la­ti­on) and the trend towards growth of that fi­gu­re evi­den­ces the po­si­ti­ve out­lo­ok.

The di­rec­tor of the Cu­ban Aca­demy of Lan­gua­ge, Ro­ge­lio Ro­drí­guez Co­ro­nel, high­ligh­ted the pre­sen­ce, in the Uni­ted Sta­tes, of se­ve­ral ge­ne­ra­ti­ons of His­pa­nics ac­ti­ve in va­ri­ous sec­tors of so­ci­ety, in­clu­ding the most in­flu­en­ti­al groups in the eco­nomy and po­li­tics.

Pau­la Ca­nal, li­te­rary agent and ad­vi­sor of the Ni­colás­gui­llén Foun­da­ti­on, finds a we­ak­ness in the dis­se­mi­na­ti­on of the Spa­nish­li­te­ra­tu­re Spa­nish, which re­ac­hes the re­a­der trans­la­ted in­to En­glish and cons­ti­tu­tes only 3% of what is pu­blis­hed in the Uni­ted Sta­tes.

The di­rec­tor of the UH pu­blis­hing hou­se, Jo­sé A. Bau­jín, be­li­e­ves that the­re is an enor­mous fi­eld still un­ex­ploi­ted in the area of the pro­mo­ti­on and sa­le of bo­oks in Spa­nish in the Uni­ted Sta­tes. Bau­jín, al­so a pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­sity of Ha­va­na, agre­es with the cri­te­ria of ex­pan­si­on by ci­ting the Ency­clo­pe­dia of Spa­nish in the Uni­ted Sta­tes, co­or­di­na­ted by Hum­ber­to­ló­pez Mo­ra­les; who as­su­res that that country will be the lar­gest num­ber of Spa­nish spe­akers in the world, with 132 mi­lli­on pe­o­ple com­mu­ni­ca­ting in Spa­nish by 2050. On this point, he warns of the co­lo­ni­a­lism that cha­rac­te­ri­zes the his­tory of the de­ve­lop­ment of sci­en­ce and of the im­pe­ri­a­list stra­tegy that se­eks to im­po­se its lan­gua­ge. He re­calls that 85% of the sci­en­ti­fic and aca­de­mic texts pu­blis­hed in the world are in En­glish. Bau­jín said that cul­tu­ral and edu­ca­ti­o­nal po­licy makers should pay spe­ci­al at­ten­ti­on to the pre­ser­va­ti­on of cul­tu­red lan­gua­ge, con­si­de­ring that the main fac­tor for the use and con­so­li­da­ti­on of a lan­gua­ge is its pres­ti­ge and pri­de in its use.

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