Cuervo, Rufino José (1844–1911)

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Cuervo, Rufino José (1844–1911)

Rufino José Cuervo (b. 19 September 1844; d. 17 July 1911), Colombian philologist. Rufino José Cuervo, born in Bogotá, was largely self-taught in his various specialties, which spanned ancient and modern languages and literature, including Native American tongues and American Spanish dialects. Among his earlier works are Apuntaciones críticas sobre el lenguaje bogotano (1867–1872) and Gramática de la lengua latina (1876), a Latin grammar he wrote with Miguel Antonio Caro. Cuervo traveled extensively in Europe, and after 1882 settled permanently in Paris, where he taught at the Sor-bonne and contributed to European specialized journals. He also produced, in collaboration with his brother Ángel, a historically important life of their father, Vida de Rufino Cuervo y noticias de su época (1946). Cuervo also undertook a massive Diccionario de construcción y régimen de la lengua castellana (1886–1893), which he completed only to the letter D.

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Luis López De Mesa, Miguel Antonio Caro y Rufino José Cuervo (1944).

Fernando Antonio Martínez, Rufino José Cuervo (1954).

Additional Bibliography

Rufino José Cuervo: El reencuentro con la palabra. Bogotá: Instituto Caro y Cuervo, 1999.

Porto Dapena, J. Alvaro. Elementos de lexicografía: El dic-cionario de construcción y régimen de R.J. Cuervo. Bogotá: Instituto Caro y Cuervo, 1980.

Valle, José del. "Historical Linguistics and Cultural History: The Polemic Between Rufino José Cuervo and Juan Valera." In The Battle Over Spanish Between 1800 and 2000: Language Ideologies and Hispanic Intellectuals, edited by José del Valle and Luis Gabriel-Stheeman. London and New York: Routledge, 2002.

Valle, José del. "Lingüística histórica e historia cultural: Notas sobre la polémica entre Rufino José Cuervo y Juan Valera." In La batalla del idioma: La intelectualidad hispánica ante la lengua, edited by José del Valle and Luis Gabriel-Stheeman. Madrid: Iberoamericana, and Frankfurt am Main: Vervuert, 2004.

                                      David Bushnell