|Some of Cuervo's books, which he donated to the Biblioteca Nacional.|
Rufino José Cuervo (1844-1911), who is on exhibit for a few more days in the National Museum, was probably Colombia's most accomplished linguist and chronicler of Colombian Spanish - and has lots of influence on those of us learning to speak Colombiano, whether we know it or not. His most famous works were 'Critical Notes About the Language of Bogotá' and the Dictionary of the Construction and Regime of the Castilian Language.'
But be glad that you never had this guy for a Spanish teacher. His overarching concern was that Spanish might splinter into regional tongues the way that Latin fragmented into Spanish, French, Portuguese and others. And so he probably wouldn't have approved of modern Colombia's rich slang vocabulary such as 'parce' and 'veci' and 'marica.'
|The Language of Bogotá, which has |
changed lots since Cuervo's time.
|Cuervo's death mask.|
|A view of the exhibition in the Museo Nacional, which was originally built to be a prison.|
|Beermaking back then.|
|Poet Rafael Pombo, Cuervo's good friend.|
|The Instituto Caro y Cuervo, on Calle 10 in Bogotá's La Candelaria neighborhood.|
|Rufino Cuervo's tomb in Bogotá's Central Cemetery.|