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PostSpanish Dialects...and a Word on the Solers (José Ignacio Soler, Venezuela, 01/13/20 2:42 pm)
I appreciated Enrique Torner's humorous dream about teaching the languages of Spain, but more than a dream I would say it would be a nightmare for him, particularly with my smiling presence in it.
Lying beneath the ironic and cartoonish sense of Enrique's tale is perhaps a profound truth, the cultural multiplicity of Spain and South America. However, calling all the variants or dialects, if you will, of Spanish, Catalan, etc., "languages" is certainly a hyperbole.
I would be much honored to be your relative, Enrique. I don't have a clear family tree picture, but who knows?
JE comments: Enrique wrote to clarify: his father's maternal surname is Soler, meaning it is the original surname of his paternal grandmother. Enrique's maternal surname is Montoya. A quick web search teaches us that Soler is a venerable name originally from Barcelona.