In this paper we deal with a corpus of 412 opinion pieces published in the Spanish newspaper ABC by the Nobel Prize winner Camilo José Cela under the title of “El color de la mañana” from 1993 to 2002. We will also support our study with references to other works such as Los sueños vanos, los ángeles curiosos (1979) or Viaje al Pirineo de Lérida (1965). We shall demonstrate that Cela deploys a kind of language ideology very close to linguistic nationalism: the Spanish language possesses an inner form which ought to be captured intuitively, and some intrinsic virtues that make it better than others. Therefore, it should be protected both from the external contamination that their speaker’s identity and the internal factors that put mutual understanding in jeopardy. Those charged with their protection and planning should be the writers and not the linguists, given that only the former are those with the necessary intuition to understand it.

La imperial eñe: purismo e ideología en los artículos de opinión del último Camilo José Cela

FRUHBECK MORENO, CARLOS ISIDRO
2015

Abstract

In this paper we deal with a corpus of 412 opinion pieces published in the Spanish newspaper ABC by the Nobel Prize winner Camilo José Cela under the title of “El color de la mañana” from 1993 to 2002. We will also support our study with references to other works such as Los sueños vanos, los ángeles curiosos (1979) or Viaje al Pirineo de Lérida (1965). We shall demonstrate that Cela deploys a kind of language ideology very close to linguistic nationalism: the Spanish language possesses an inner form which ought to be captured intuitively, and some intrinsic virtues that make it better than others. Therefore, it should be protected both from the external contamination that their speaker’s identity and the internal factors that put mutual understanding in jeopardy. Those charged with their protection and planning should be the writers and not the linguists, given that only the former are those with the necessary intuition to understand it.
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