SPAIN’S rich linguistic history is being lost as Spaniards are increasingly ignoring the words of great writers Cervantes and Lorca in favour of a simpler, more limited vocabulary.
Spanish has become ‘something of a street language’ believes the country’s leading linguist Victor Garcia de la Concha.
The boss of the respected Cervantes Institute believes it has become ‘fashionable to speak badly’ after analysing the nature and evolution of the current Spanish language.
He believes it is constantly changing and claims it has developed an ‘unusual’ energy and liveliness.
Speaking in Casares, he insisted that this energy is not always a positive thing and he blames the waning sophistication in Spanish speech on the ‘predominantly audio-visual’ culture.
“There is a great deal of neglect in the manner of speaking,” he said. “It is a rather shabby period.”
The Cervantes Institute is the world’s largest organization for the promotion of the study and teaching of Spanish language and culture.