Humberto Hernández: "Canary Spanish is not badly spoken Castilian"

The president of the Canarian Language Academy, Humberto Hernandez, stresses that the Spanish of the Canary Islands “is not a badly spoken Castilian”, despite the fact that “the belief is somewhat widespread that our linguistic modality is nothing other than poorly spoken Spanish. Nothing is further from reality”.

The professor of Spanish Philology at the University of La Laguna (ULL) participated in the talk online Talking Canary, organized by the Fundación Canarias Siglo XXI, a meeting in which Humberto Hernández highlighted that “we do not have to deny the linguistic peculiarities that characterize us. Thus, phenomena such as seseo, the aspiration of these syllable endings, the almost generalized absence of the pronoun you, the particular formation of the diminutive or the presence of guanchismos, Portugueseisms and Americanisms are not features that we should correct, nor of those that we have. to be ashamed, but we have to use with all naturalness ”.

In this sense, Hernández recalled that “the Spanish of the Canary Islands has full institutional recognition. As such a dialect, the Spanish of the Canary Islands has all the social and linguistic recognitions, such as the one granted to all of them by the Spanish Constitution itself ”.

During his speech, the president of the Canarian Academy of the Language asserted that the Spanish of the Canary Islands is as good Spanish as that of any other of the modalities. “Believing that we use Spanish badly is a subjective perception, and the best way to corroborate this circumstance is to check what is the assessment that speakers of other modalities make of us,” he pointed out, giving examples of descriptions by Gabriel García Márquez himself, who described the canary in one of his works as “he was fine in taste and manner with the sweet diction of canaries”

“Canarian, like all dialects, is perfectly integrated into Spanish. Being, as it is, a dialect modality, it is, like the rest of the dialects, perfectly integrated into the Spanish language, of which it forms part as one of its constituents, since Spanish are its phonological, grammatical and lexical systems ” , detailed Humberto Hernández.

Likewise, the professor of the ULL took the opportunity to ask for a greater institutional commitment in relation to the teaching of language and literature in the Canary Islands. “The Administration in general and, in particular, the educational one, must ensure that in our classrooms the teaching of the language is given the importance it deserves, promoting among teachers a commitment of transversality (that we are all teachers of language) and always taking as a starting point our own Canarian modality, and incorporating it, furthermore, into textbooks ”, he asserted.

For his part, the president of the Canarian Siglo XXI Foundation, Manuel Jorge Pérez, wanted to thank Professor Humberto Hernández for his participation in this meeting online, highlighting his “great work and dedication” when it comes to promoting and strengthening Canarian speech.

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