Limpia, fija y da esplendor
March 22, 2011 9:31 AM Subscribe
"cleans, sets, and casts splendour"
posted by valdesm (5 comments total)
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is the motto of the Real Academia Española
, the 300-year-old institution tasked with keeping the natural evolution of the Spanish language both coherent and true to its character, reflected in print through the publication of the Diccionario de la lengua española de la Real Academia Española
Académicos (fellows) are elected for life by their peers, and assigned a chair named with either a lowercase or uppercase letter. Nobel Laureate Vargas Llosa seats since 1996 on capital L
, which had been previously held by personalities such as José de Zorrilla
or Ramiro de Maeztu
Since the creation of the Asociación de Academias de la Lengua Española
in 1951, the supervisory responsibilities have been shared among the 22 academies from all around the world, including its youngest member, the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española
But only recently has this paradigmatic shift become practical, with the 2005 publication of the Diccionario Panhispánico de Dudas (online
) which clarifies proper usage of the language, and the 2009 publication of the massive Nueva Gramática Española
the first grammar to reflect all the international variations of the language.