- Ceceo and Seseo, by Melania (NB2)
Here is our dedication to Lorca, one of the greatest poets ever! ❤
Traducimos al español el mensaje que sigue abajo para conocimiento de las personas que no puedan entender el inglés a este nivel. Esperamos que disfrutéis de esta página. ❤
Looking for Lorca’s poems in Andalusian Spanish & Clarifying Ideas around the Question of Accents
Thanks to Melania‘s search (NB1 in 2014-15, NB2 in 2015-16), in April 2016, while celebrating World Book Day, we found videos of poems by Lorca read out with an Andalusian accent.
Any person with any accent can read aloud any kind of poetry, but it’s beautiful to find it in the Andalusian accent, that which Lorca had. Traditionally, castellano Spanish has been considered the only variety of Spanish that could be used in mainstream mass media, as if other varieties had an inferior status (Galelo Spanish, roma Spanish, Catalan Spanish, Basque Spanish, Spanish of the Canary Islands…).
Modern Linguistics has changed all this, and today we know that each community has its own accent, vocabulary, expressions, ways of meaning, incrediby diverse particularly in spoken language, and that Spanish is the same but different in Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, Uruguay, Bolivia, the Saharaui people… There is no “correct” accent, because accents relate to people’s linguistic upbringing and are like the color/colour of our skin, or eyes, something that forms our identity. And within each of those communities, regional varieties can be found, and within regions, cities, towns, vilages, and within that groups of people, going down to two people in love, who will create their own particular language. To sort things out we need to think discard the idea that castellano Spanish is superior (better, more correct), and think in these terms: what kind of language is OK for each communicative purpose, situation, channel, for the participants playing a role in the communicative act, their tone, intentions, feeling, relationship. All of which testifies the amazing creativity of human languages, the endless diversity among the human species.
And this is why we love languages. And why we’re here learning languages!
Lorca, in Andalusian Spanish… If you find more videos or audios, please, feel free to post them in Comments, or, if you are registered as an Author of this blog, feel free to add them to this page.