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As a Spanish student, one of the most common things one hears is: “Oh, are you learning Spanish from Spain or Latin America.” However, one of the misconceptions, or simply something that has never been taught, is the linguistic development of Spanish over the centuries. However, with this question begs another. If both places speak the same language, and originate from the same place, why do we continue to state that they have such polarizing identities? In past research, the Spanish linguistic community has grown to call this idea the Andalusian Theory first coined by Max Wagner in 1927, yet was constantly bombarded with criticisms. This theory states that the reason the Spanish on either side of the Atlanta ocean are similar for a simple, yet complex, reason. As one can infer from it’s name, the Andalusian theory that the region of Andalusia, Spain functioned as the base for the language these conquistadors used and would use for generations to come. Not all agreed with such a bold claim. Pedro Henríquez Ureña, for example, constantly challenged Wagner’s worked by stating that the theory simply does not have substantial evidence to support it. This debate still rages on today, but why is it important? I propose that with such overwhelming evidence supporting this theory the Spanish speaking world will find a new sense of identity and relevance-a prevalent topic in the current times. Regardless, the Andalusian theory remains an engaging topic for all those asked “Oh, are you learning Spanish from Spain or Latin America?”


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  • Subject
    • Modern & Classical Languages

  • Institution
    • Dahlonega

  • Event location
    • MPR 1

  • Event date
    • 22 March 2019

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • Acknowledgements:

      David Hair