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Re: Future Spanish: update

From:FFlores <fflores@...>
Date:Saturday, August 21, 1999, 18:47
Carlos Thompson <carlos_thompson@...> wrote:
>=20 > Pablo escribi=F3: > > > > Here are the latest developments in Future Spanish > > (tentative name: _Ispan'ol_ [1hp@'n^ol]).
Sorry, that would be [1hp1'n^ol] (palatal spread).
> Is your future Spanish some kind of development in the whole Spanish > speaking world or just some future development from Argentina? >=20 > In the later case a more acurate name would be _Arzentin_ [@rs^@n^t^in]=
> got it right?)
_Arjintin_ would be right too, pronounced [@rs^1n^'t^in] (the palatal [n^] brings the schwa higher to [1]). The original <g> as /x/ will mostly be written <j>, while <z> replaces today's <y> /S/. Yes, it's a development from Argentina, and moreover, from Rioplatense. I don't know what I'll do with the rest of the Spanish-speaking world. Some changes will be the same, probably, but not all of them.
> Literature and television are playing in order to make Spanish one lang=
> I wonder why are Rioplatence features like aspiration of syllabe final =
> ({-s} as [h]), and voseo will be winning on the general language...=20
I don't think Spanish dialects will become uniform, as long as we don't produce massive emigration among countries. Some influence is to be expected, of course, but I'm going to minimize that -- making access to global communications difficult.
> If the unity of Spanish is preserved, I would see few evolution, furthe=
> dialectical evolution but still being recognized as Spanish... writting > would not longer be phonemic but orthography reforms would be few in or=
> to preserve the common point in all the Spanish speaking world.
I don't know yet -- I have to think about possible spelling reforms. In any case my system so far is quite conservative; it marks palatalizati= on only when it's impossible to guess from context, and it doesn't mark fron= ted vowels.
> Or let's give the context in which Argentinans won't care to speak the =
> language as Chileneans, Spaniards, Colombians and Mexicans.
I don't think that will be the case. But it could. If communications are down and globalization is suspended (see my conculture post), it wouldn't be so interesting (as long as we can guess more or less what is said, like we Argentinians do all the time with Brazilians. :) --Pablo Flores