Research topic: Spanish
Spanish is the official language in 21 countries, and is the language which in recent years has grown most rapidly, both as a foreign language and as a language of communication throughout the entire world.
Spanish is spoken by approximately 450 million people in several regions of the world. Despite the great geographical spread, all Spanish speakers understand each other without major problems or special efforts.
Similarly to the other Romance languages, Spanish came into being as a regional development from Vulgar Latin, especially after the fall of the Roman Empire in the 400s.
During the Renaissance, Spain became a great power politically, economically and culturally. Spanish spread quickly over large parts of the world. In America especially, the language gained a dominant position which it has retained until our own time.
Spanish was the first European language to be systematically described. The language acquired its own grammar as early as 1492. Many authors and painters from this early period have played a central role in the history of the world.
The progress which most Spanish-speaking countries have experienced in recent years has ensured that Spanish has consolidated its position as one of the world’s most important languages; and it is consequently becoming an ever more important tool for global communication.