Spanish languageTongue it is a term that has many uses. In this case, we are interested in the definition that refers to idiom (the verbal or gestural communication system that is typical of a human community). It can be spoken of mother tongue (the first language a woman learns person) or natural language (the form of human language, which, for communicative purposes, is endowed with syntax and obeys the principles of optimization and economy), among other notions.

Spanish, for its part, is the adjective gentilicio that refers to that or that which is natural or belonging to Spain, a European country located in the Iberian Peninsula which is the fourth largest in the continent.

The Spanish languageTherefore, it is a language that is spoken in that nation, but also in other countries of the world. It is a Romance language of the Iberian group and recognized as an official language by the UN.

According to the number of speakers who have it as their mother tongue, Spanish or Castilian is the second most widely spoken language in the world, only behind Mandarin Chinese.

The Spanish language emerged as a continuation of the Latin vulgar at 3rd century, when the dismemberment of the Roman Empire generated various variants of Latin from the evolution of Romance languages.

Over the years, Spanish acquired different forms and variants. Currently, for example, there are countries that practically abandoned the use of you as pronoun second person and replaced it with the vos. This occurs in Argentina, among other places in South America.

Contamination and deformation of the Spanish language

Spanish languageSince the appearance of the Internet and its inevitable overcrowding, the magnitude of accusations that it has received due to the deformation of the language has grown considerably. Through chat and email, there was a kind of backward movement in the use of the grammar and spelling, which has now been transferred to mobile phones.

However, it is essential to analyze the reasons for this linguistic involution, which has reached physical means, trying to find out if the same could have happened in a reality without computer networks. First of all, it is fair to point out that a percentage of users of Internet They continue to respect the rules of language when writing a message. On the other hand, there are a number of codes typical of cyberspace that, depending on the point of view, improve the quality of communication, regardless of not being part of the theory of language.

The use of emoticons, for example, is intended to quickly convey emotions, sensations, and reactions to news, in a way that is closer to gesticulation. Although nowadays it is very common to have a camcorder in some of the devices that connect to the Internet, it is not always possible to use it when starting a conversation; therefore, the talks continue to prevail textual over multimedia.

On the other hand, there are many acronym and the unreadable words that are part of a virtual communication. The most popular arise from the English language, and are adopted by people around the world, for use in any language, often deforming their meanings unconsciously. One of the best known is “lol”, the translation of which is close to “I’m laughing out loud.”

There are two opposing positions, well defined: one that defends the use of these codes and symbols; and another that is flatly opposed. The first group is based on the fact that new technologies allow us communicate through written language just as we would in a oral; they say that for this reason it has been necessary to make certain modifications to the language. The detractors, on the other hand, remember that during the rise of the epistolary messages, people took care of the quality of their writing, without necessarily reaching the limits of formality.

In the midst of such polarized views, there are other more flexible ones that seek to improve the linguistic level associated with communications through the Internet, without discarding their culture in the process. Will it be possible to see the initial question mark in emails again?