Instituto Cervantes intends to make Spanish a co-official language in the Philippines

Friday, March 19, 2010

One other note to this post from two days ago on the Instituto Cervantes (i.e. the Spanish government) and its work on increasing the number of people that speak Spanish in the Philippines - its ultimate objective is to make Spanish a co-official language in the country. No date for that objective has been set though. The Philippines is (according to the article) the only former Spanish colony that doesn't use Spanish as an official language, but considering the history Spanish has in the country (such as the first constitution being written in Spanish) and languages such as Chavacano, it's being treated as a reintroduction rather than something completely new.

Whether the Philippines would be interested in this is hard to say, but Spanish as a co-official language would be no stranger than the current situation with English. I'm of the opinion that a stronger position for Spanish results in a stronger position for international auxiliary languages overall, as the more of a linguistic deadlock we have the better, as only then will people be willing to look at alternate solutions as they seemed so inclined to do in the early 20th century.


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