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  • ICAA Record ID
    853185
    AUTHOR
    Gili Gaya, Samuel
    TITLE
    Aterrizajes : cultura e hispanoamericanismo / S. Gili Gaya
    IN
    Indice : Mensuario de Cultura (San Juan, Puerto Rico). -- No. 15 (Jun. 13. 1930)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 233
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Gili Gaya, Samuel. "Aterrizajes : cultura e hispanoamericanismo." Indice: mensuario de cultura (San Juan), Año II.  No. 15 June 13, 1930, 233.
    GEOGRAPHIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

 

The Spanish linguist Samuel Gili Gaya (1898–1976) states that the values in Puerto Rican culture should not be derived from what Puerto Rico can copy from Spain or assimilate from Anglo-Saxon civilization, but on what it can distill from its own essential being. Puerto Rico is said to be a bridge between two cultures, but unless it can go beyond that defining trait, its contribution to the creative spirit of the world will not amount to much. Gili Gaya concludes by lauding Hispanic culture for having developed its own identity.  

 

Annotations

Samuel Gili Gaya (1892–1976) was born in Lérida, Spain. He was a linguist and the author of several books on grammar, phonetics, and lexicography. He visited Puerto Rico in 1930 and again in 1958 and 1959. On these three occasions the University of Puerto Rico had invited him to teach courses on Spanish language and literature. Gili Gaya also gave several lectures at the Instituto de Cultural Puertorriqueña [Puerto Rican Cultural Institute] and the Casa de España. His book Funciones gramaticales en el habla infantil [Grammatical Functions in Children’s Speech]—published by the University of Puerto Rico during his final visit in 1959—was based on his years of research in Puerto Rico.  

Índice magazine was founded in 1929 by the writers Antonio S. Pedreira, Samuel R. Quiñones, Alfredo Collado Martell, and Vicente Géigel Polanco. Índice was primarily concerned with exploring the nature and idiosyncrasies of the Puerto Rican people, according to Josefina Rivera de Álvarez.

Índice magazine ceased publication in mid-1931.

Researcher
Flavia Marichal Lugo
Team
Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Credit
Courtesy of Samuel Gili Maluquer, Madrid, España