More than 150 academics, novelists, poets, scientists and other language experts met in San Juan, Puerto Rico, this month to debate and discuss the future of Spanish.
Among the issues: whether words such as “selfie” will be admitted into the Dictionary of the Royal Academy, which is like the Oxford English Dictionary, but for the Spanish language).
The meeting, known as the VII International Congress for the Spanish Language, included among its attendees Chilean author Jorge Edwards, Puerto Rican essayist Luis Rafael Sanchez, Cuban crime novelist Leonardo Padura and King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain, and various Latin American leaders.
Held every three years, the meeting is essentially a conference about etymology. But it is fascinating.