Lecture by Jose del Valle, March 4, 2009

Everybody’s Usage: The Politics of Grammar in the “Hispanofonia”

by Jose del Valle, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

On March 21st, 2007, the Association of Academies of the Spanish Language officially approved the ‘Nueva Gramatica de la Lengua Espanola’.  It is the first approved by all language academies and the first to recognize the pluricentric nature of Spanish.  In this lecture, through the critical reading of the Grammar’s paratextual structure and public celebration (although the text’s commercial release will not occur until 2010, the Preface has already been made available), I will analyze it as a cultural artifact embedded in a complex geopolitical context in which Spain and Latin American countries negotiate the nature of their present and future relation.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009
4:00-6:00 pm, 370 Dwinelle Hall