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The North American Academy of the Spanish Language

Creation In the United States, Spanish is the second language in terms of number of speakers after English, because the United States now has the second largest Spanish-speaking community in the world, after Mexico. That is why it is not surprising that an academy for the Spanish language was founded in 1973 in the U.S. […]

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The Real Academia Española

Historical Framework With the political unity of Castile and Aragon, “Castilian” was the dominant language in Spain and the official language of public documents. This was the language that came to America by the hand of conquest. From the sixteenth century on, the language became known as “Spanish” instead of “Castilian.” With the abundance of […]

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Spelling Reform of the Royal Academy of the Spanish Language

“The Greek I will be called ye.” That’s how the story about the new spelling of the Royal Academy of Spanish Language was titled in El Pais. This reform will receive final approval in late December and will be addressed, among other issues, at the next meeting of the representatives of the twenty-two Academies of […]

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Maria Moliner

As mentioned in previous articles, the task of the editor is correcting the translation on the basis of grammatical rules, among other indicators of quality and professionalism. An important source, and in fact the ultimate source for defining words and declaring correct grammar, for writing in Spanish are the dictionaries of the Royal Spanish Academy. […]

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Sapir-Whorf and Experimentation

If any of you languagephiles out there are not familiar with the Spair-Whorf hypothesis, it posits that the language a person speaks influences his or her thought patterns perception of the world. I have always found this fascinating for a variety of reasons, but especially when considering something like word order in the construction of […]

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How to translate the word “agreement” in Spanish in a legal context.

First, let’s find out what an agreement actually is. In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the following definitions are provided: 1.a. the act or fact of agreeing; 1.b. harmony of opinion, action or character: concord; 2.a. an arrangement as to a course of action; 2.b. compact, treaty; 3.a. a contract duly executed and legally binding; 3.b. the […]

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