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Willy Thayer

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823286744

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823286744.001.0001

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The Word “Critique”

The Word “Critique”

5 The Word “Critique”
Technologies of Critique

Willy Thayer

, John Kraniauskas
Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on the word crítica, which is a Latin ruin in the Spanish. In the first edition dated 1780, the word crítica (critique) does not appear, suggesting that the “living Spanish” and the Dictionary's intention at the time were moving in a time different from that of the French Revolution. It confirms the regular variations suffered in language dictionaries in the definition of its terms. This chapter also analyzes the definition of terms proposed by the Diccionario de la Real Academia Española (RAE), which through different symbolic mechanisms circulates as the lexical bible that in the last instance dictates the meaning of the use of terms. Despite being only one among many dictionaries, even having been challenged in its role as princep among dictionaries, the RAE's monumental binding seems to stress that in it, amid changing usage, the linguistic canon is inscribed forever.

Keywords:   crítica, critique, Diccionario de la Real Academia Española, RAE, lexical bible

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