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Paraguayan Language

March 19, 2013


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PROPOSED incorporation of the GUARANi as official language of MERCOSUR published by the original reading Diario24.com (click): guarani, which was historically the first element of integration in the region, is proposed to become together to the Spanish and Portuguese the official language of Mercosur, reported specialists. However, still lack that Member countries ratify the initiative, they assured sources in that native language, during the 1st International Congress on language and identity dynamics in the bicentennial, which takes place in the city of Resistencia. The catalan Jesuit Bartomeu Melia and linguist, anthropologist, philologist and educator Paraguayan David Galeano Olivera drew a historical and current panoramo’s native language. While the priest and anthropologist Melia reviewed the situation of the language before and after the independence of Paraguay in 1811, that highlighted the almost total absence of documents in Guarani, Galeano Olivera explained his influence and effect in million speakers. Although 95% of the population in 1811 spoke Guarani, the Declaration of the independence from Spain was drafted only in Spanish, said Melia.

The catalan Jesuit noted that indigenous languages were permitted in the countries of the region before the processes of rupture with the metropolis but then began a process of persecution. Guarani, language of millions in this part of South America, has six varieties: firstly the Paraguayan, which is spoken by non-indigenous; in Bolivia, where recognized three; the mbya, the kaoiwa in Brazil, the ava and the ache, the latter also in Paraguay, enumerated Melia. Galeano Olivera scholar highlighted the presence of this language in place names, in zoology and botany, and the vast territory (Paraguay, part of Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia) that its speakers occupy and asserted that guarani until the arrival of the Spaniards was the prime factor of integration in the region. It is no coincidence, he said, that the guarani has been proposed as an official language of the regional bloc because it represents the native American identity in a deep way, therefore advocated its early recognition that involve the issuance of documents – among other things – also in that language. Galeano Olivera mentioned difficulties in the Paraguayan capital where the globalization process impacts, in this case the hand of Spanish, to the local language, but he said that candidates for the communes which do not speak Guarani, do not work. Prior claim to the vast audience that will join a campaign to make Mercosur officially announced to guarani, stressed that process Integrator also reached linguists because it now works in articulated form. The scholar considered legitimate and sincere spirit of the Congress of languages, which will culminate Thursday in resistance.