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Ánchel Conte, major figure in contemporary struggle and cultivation of Aragonese language, dies at 81

Ánchel Conte.
Ánchel Conte. Author: AAL
Aragonese literature is mourning the death, the day before yesterday, Wednesday 22, of Ánchel Conte, one of the most prominent defenders of linguistic standardisation of this language. Conte died in Almería (Andalusia) at 81. Born in Alcolea de Cinca in 1942, he was one of the founders of the magazine Andalán and of the associations Consello d’a Fabla Aragonesa and Sociedad de Lingüistica Aragonesa. Until his death he was a member of the Academia Aragonesa de la Lengua (AAL).

Closely linked to the Sobrarbe comarca, Conte was also a teacher at the L’Aínsa Secondary School. His work stood out in the world of history, ethnography, music, and language studies. The publication of his collection of poems No deixez morir a mía voz (‘Do not let my voice die’), in 1972, was a milestone in the contemporary vindication and cultivation of Aragonese. In 2009 he was awarded the Medal for Cultural Merit by the Aragon Government.

Within the AAL, Conte was director of the Aragonese Institute since 2021. He chaired the work of the Spelling Commission, which led to the approval of the current normative orthography of Aragonese.