APLEx Cultural Society "Study and Dissemination of the Extremaduran
Linguistic Heritage", is legally registered, with its constitution
reviewed, December 19, 2003, by the CPJE, #3179 and CIF #G10309607.
This is a non-profit, collectively administrated association formed
Saturday, November 29, 2003, when at 11:00 a.m., in the Conference
Room of the Monte Bola Complex in Cáceres, the sixteen founding members
of APLEx, from various regions of Spain, to discuss and approve the
Constitution of the new Society (see
PDF file, Constitution), and to elect its first Board of Directors.
The main object of the Society is to preserve and revitalize the Extremadura's
intangible heritage, as defined by UNESCO: "The intangible heritage
might be defined as embracing all forms of traditional and popular
or folk culture, i.e. collective works originating in a given community
and based on tradition. These creations are transmitted orally or
by gesture, and are modified over a period of time through a process
of collective recreation. …The intangible heritage is vast in extent
and concerns each individual, for everyone bears within him [/her]
the heritage of his [/her] own community…" It is precisely the
ephemeral aspects of this heritage which makes it particularly vulnerable
to the point of possible disappearance.
Extremaduran dialects and local variants which constituted
the vehicle of transmission of the culture and its popular literature
(stories, legends, ballads, songs…) have always been part of this
culture; for this reason, our new Societywill serve as a meeting point
for all those working in research related to Extremaduran dialectology,
for writers who have used Extremaduran language forms in their work,
and in general for all those who have an interest in the rich cultural
legacy of Extremadura, both those from Extremaduran families, and
those who have come to appreciate the culture from other regions and
countries. Conserving this culture transmitted through generations
will serve as the road to the maintenance of cultural diversity. Our
knowledge of it will surely lead us into the very essence of Extremaduran
culture and help us to maintain our collective memory.
for the safeguarding of traditional culture and folklore adopted by
the UNESCO General Conference, 25th session, Paris, November 15, 1989.
necessity of protecting the heritage of our ancestors today is
a universal obligation common to all: for this reason, our Society
sees as a given that Extremadura's linguistic heritage cannot be studied
from an exclusively regionalist perspective, as Extremadurans have
interacted on a cultural level with many of the world's peoples, from
our role in the colonialization of America to the numerous
cultural links which connect us with our Portuguese neighbours.
As well, the transhumance routes have, since the medieval period,
kept us in contact with other communities and the large number
of Extremaduran emigrants who had to leave their lands to find
work have created links with other areas of Spain as well as in many
different countries, always remembering their roots and disseminating
their culture through Extremaduran cultural and community centres.
Thus, part of our goals already appear in Article 60 of Law 2/1999,
March 29: Historical and Cultural Patrimony of Extremadura:
intangible ethnographic heritage of Extremadura, such as customs,
mores, creations, behaviour, lifestyles, oral tradition, dialects
and linguistic variants, etc., will be protected by the Council
of Culture and Heritage (Consejería de Cultura y Patrimonio) in the
way envisaged by this Law, promoting research and thorough collecting
these intangible goods in ways which will assure their transmission
to future generations."
the year 2004 we plan to set up several activities, not the least
of which will be the Conference APLEx 2004 on Extremaduran
Linguistic Heritage, and the publication of the first issue of
APLEx, in which researchers, and writers working with Extremaduran
dialects and culture will be able to share their work and experiences.
Membership is crucial, for without its support it will
not be possible for the Society to develop: it has been formed with
no funding at any level.
interested in this important project is invited to complete the form
included on this site, and deposit the annual dues, which for 2004
have been set at 20 (twenty) euros. The account is: 099.0200.87.0071334102,
Caja de Extremadura, C/San Pedro 15, 10003 Cáceres, Spain. As
soon as this is received, full membership is accorded, regular information
about the association will be received, and members will receive the
Journal. Membership also confers special privileges for the Society's
activities, such as conferences, research and literary prizes.
thank you for your support.
Es el inglés una lengua universal y de gran prestigio, por
lo que amenaza con invadir el Diccionario de la Real Academia de la
Lengua Española con anglicismos innecesarios que tienen perfecto
sustituto en el español.
by Dr. Judith
Cohen, etnomusicologist canadien)