The RAE will "turn" into the digital world and will enhance the historical dictionary of Spanish in 2021

King Felipe VI during the act.

King Felipe VI during the act.

He King chaired this Thursday, December 17, the Board of Trustees of the Fundación pro Royal Spanish Academy (pro-RAE Foundation), a meeting in which the institution has advanced some of the strategic points for 2021 such as the "turn" to digital and the empowerment of the new historical dictionary of Spanish.

All the members of the foundation have attended the call, among which are regional presidents, executives of several Spanish companies and personalities from the academic world. In addition, the First Vice President of the Government and Minister of the Presidency, Relations with the Courts and Democratic Memory, has also attended. Carmen Calvo.

Much of this year's Board of Trustees has been dedicated to advance the strategic points that the Royal Spanish Academy will undertake throughout 2021, as stated by the RAE.

The director of the academy and vice president of the board, Santiago Muñoz Machado, has advanced that next year the institution will "turn" to digital, "entering fully" in the development of the LEIA (Spanish Language and Artificial Intelligence) project.

The main objective of LEIA is to teach machines to speak correct Spanish, and several of the RAE's lines of work will focus throughout 2020 and 2021 in that direction. For develop some of these works the Academy will have the collaboration of large technology.

Another of the strategic points of the next two years will consist of creating the biography of each of the words in Spanish. Thus the RAE will promote the New historical dictionary of Spanish (NDHE), digitally native, as a State research project, and with a pan-Hispanic network of collaborators.

To carry it out, it will have the participation of universities and research centers from America and Spain, and the involvement of the autonomous communities will be sought.

Likewise, another of the objectives of the RAE for next year will be to know the state of Spanish in the Spanish-speaking universe. In addition to a project that will be released soon for the study of the use of language on the Internet, we want to know what are the threats and restrictions that the language faces, but also analyze the quality of Spanish in different areas: journalism, social networks, Administration or school.

Also noteworthy is an international cooperation project with the Governments of Central America and the Caribbean, which will contribute to the digitization of Justice and the construction of the Ibero-American legal space, within the framework of the online Pan-Hispanic Dictionary of Legal Spanish (DPEJ).


On the part of the autonomous communities, whose presidents are patrons on a rotating basis within the Foundation, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, president of the Xunta de Galicia; Juan Manuel Moreno Bonilla, president of the Junta de Andalucía; Concepción Andreu Rodríguez, president of the Government of La Rioja; Javier Lambán, President of the Government of Aragon; Guillermo Fernández Vara, president of the Junta de Extremadura; Isabel Díaz Ayuso, president of the Community of Madrid, and Alfonso Fernández Mañueco, president of the Junta de Castilla y León.

Regarding the business world, the main directors of companies and foundations that support the Fundación pro Real Academia Española have attended: Ángel Simón Grimaldos, president of the Aquae Foundation; Luis Isasi, president of Banco Santander España; José Ignacio Goirigolzarri, president of Bankia; Antonio Pulido Gutiérrez, president of Fundación Cajasol; Juan Manuel Serrano, president of the State Postal and Telegraph Society; Marta Álvarez Guil, president of El Corte Inglés; Juan Sánchez-Calero Guilarte, president of Endesa; Juan-Miguel Villar Mir, president of the Juan Miguel Villar Mir Foundation; Eugeni Gay Montalvo, patron of the "la Caixa" Banking Foundation; Fernando Masaveu, president of the M.ª Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation; Jaime Montalvo, vice president of Grupo Mutua Madrileña, and José María Alonso Cebrián, director of Telefónica's Global Digital Consumer Unit.

Also present at the meeting were José Manuel Sánchez Ron, academic and deputy director of the Royal Spanish Academy, the writer and also academic Mario Vargas Llosa, and Mar Alberto Rodríguez, manager of the pro-RAE Foundation.


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