Pedro Alvarez de Miranda talks about the existence of the words.
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“The words do no need the dictionary to exist” (Pedro Álvarez de Miranda)

Words of the author, academic and lexicographer, Pedro Álvarez de Miranda (Rome, 1953) in an interview with the EFE Agency the day before at his entered in the Royal Spanish Academy in 2011: “Words do not need the dictionary to exist”.


This expert in lexicography, worked between 1982 and 1985 in the RAE for the Historical Dictionary. He told EFE then that the Academy it has always had “its ideological oscillations” but, “it has always been an area of ​​a certain tolerance and a spirit of coexistence”.

He also said that “the language reflects society and the dictionary reflects the language, if the society is macho, the dictionary has to reflect that machismo,” and also:

“That what is politically correct breaks into the dictionary is not desirable, much less a priority.”

The work of Pedro Álvarez de Miranda

Álvarez de Miranda has been academic director of the twenty-third edition of the Dictionary of the Spanish language and, since March 2015, is executive director of the School of Hispanic Lexicography.

The philologist Pedro Álvarez de Miranda is the author of numerous studies on the eighteenth century in Spain. He was a disciple of Rafael Lapesa and Manuel Seco.

Between its publications fits to mention Treaty on the columbine monarchy. An anti-enlightened utopia of the eighteenth century (1981), Words and ideas: the lexicon of the Early Enlightenment in Spain (1680-1760), for which he received the Rivadeneira Award of the RAE (1992), and Modern Spanish dictionaries (2011) ).

In May of 2016 his book, Más que palabras, was published.

On August 17, 2016, he participated in the summer courses of the University of Cantabria with the conference entitled “The Spanish language and its speakers: attitudes towards the language”.

On July 3, 2017, he took part in the opening day of the III Course on Linguistics and Didactics of Spanish, held at the International Research Center of the Spanish Language (CILENGUA), located in San Millán de la Cogolla (La Rioja), with the conference «Problems of all kinds: grammatical gender and natural gender».

In November 2018 his latest book, The Gender and Language, was published.

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En esta palabra de autor, 'palabra' hace referencia... (In this word of author, 'palabra' refers to...)  
al turno para poder hablar en un debate.
a una promesa.
al lenguaje escrito.
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Un sinónimo de 'necesitar' es... (A synonym of  'necesitar' is...)  
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En un 'diccionario'... (In a 'diccionario'...)  
no aparecen las definiciones de las palabras.
se recogen de forma ordenada y definidas las palabras de un idioma.
aparecen ordenadas alfabéticamente, pero no definidas, las palabras de un idioma.
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se pone en duda la existencia de aquellas palabras que no están recogidas en un diccionario.
solo existen las palabras que están recogidas en un diccionario.
se afirma que existen palabras que no están recogidas en un diccionario.
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