Iberoamerica and Spain: Spanish in the Paradigm of Politics

Posted: 2 Jan 2020

Date Written: December 10, 2019

Abstract

Spanish language occupies a special place in the world: the total number of speakers of Spanish exceeds 577 million. But only 46 million live in Spain, and the vast majority are citizens of Ibero-American countries. Spanish language forms the axis of identity for the Spanish-speaking community and maintains unity, despite the diversity of its national variants. However, the question of the unity of the pan-Spanish linguistic space has deep political connotations, as evidence the heated discussions at international congresses of the Spanish language and difficult socio-political events, both in Spain and in Ibero-America. Language is often used as an instrument for conducting political activities with the aim of solving certain political problems and exerting influence on the society.

Keywords: Spanish language, Spain, Iberoamerica, unity in diversity, politics

Suggested Citation

Larionova/Ларионова, Marina/Марина and Tsareva/Царёва, Natalia/Наталья, Iberoamerica and Spain: Spanish in the Paradigm of Politics (December 10, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3501839

MGIMO University ( email )

Natalia/Наталья Tsareva/Царёва

МГИМО МИД России ( email )

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