With Riojan roots and universal horizons

Futuro en Español has been inaugurated with the reflections and challenges of a language that has broken down all physical barriers but must conquer the virtual world. The writer Javier Cercas takes part in the day in a dialogue with Jesús García Calero, director of ABC Cultural

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Futuro en Español was inaugurated today with the reflections and challenges of a language that has broken down all physical barriers but must conquer the virtual world

Spanish as a medium, as a message, as an economic factor, as a key to the future and as a need for the present. The language that transcends oceans and unites countries and societies has provided the backbone for the opening of the eleventh Futuro en Español conference, which is taking place this afternoon at Círculo Logroñés.

The director of Diario LA RIOJA, José Luis Prusén, has been in charge of opening the event, which today has the writer Javier Cercas as its main guest. For Prusén, the objective of Futuro en Español is and will continue to be “to make the word a resource capable of improving ourselves.” A language that shapes us as people, but that should also improve society. “We must turn Spanish into one of the levers that will move the future of La Rioja”, he has reviewed in reference to the Valle de la Lengua project, but without forgetting the work carried out by the conferences for more than a decade, in which they have traveled through Spain and Latin America defending the prevalence of the Castilian language, “the second in the world” and which is “in an advantageous position to eliminate borders.”

That language must know how to combine that universal vocation with one of its germinal anecdotes, that birth certificate that was dated in San Millán de la Cogolla more than a millennium ago. In this sense, José María Vázquez, rector of UNIR, that La Rioja has the obligation to “be a pole of study of Spanish in many different aspects, from historical to philological to artificial intelligence and computational linguistics.” “The administrations have managed to grasp the importance of this common project and to realize that the Spanish language and La Rioja must become an inseparable pairing is something that matters to all of us who live and work in La Rioja. It concerns us all, we all care and we can all contribute. UNIR feels involved in it, “he said.

Concha Andreu, president of La Rioja, has witnessed the challenges of the language that during these eleven years has put Future in Spanish on the table. And with an idea, which is defended by the Valle de la Lengua initiative, very clear. “It is necessary that from now on we work to position our language in the real world, but also in the digital world,” he declared. “The Internet is the main medium for the future, an unattainable terrain with a margin of exponential growth, in which we lack a clear, coordinated and firm strategy in the defense of Spanish”, Andreu has outlined. Getting machines to think in Spanish is the great challenge that he launched to an almost full audience. “We have to lead that huge set of disciplines and techniques. The growth margin of our language in computational linguistics is immense. There are the horizons of the future. That is the unexplored terrain of the future ”, he assured.

There is the non plus ultra, the fear of emptiness that an ancient language must face and spoken by more than five hundred million people. The job now is to face it with the solid roots that were born in San Millán and that Futuro en Español has been watering and fertilizing for years.

Next, the Extremaduran-Catalan writer Javier Cercas takes part in the conference in a dialogue with Jesús García Calero, director of ABC Cultural.

Futuro en Español is a space for reflection on the values ​​shared by Latin America and Spain, a forum that encourages meeting and collaboration between companies and institutions around the common language.


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