Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 14:11:25 -0500
From: Luanne von Schneidemesser lvonschn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]FACSTAFF.WISC.EDU
Subject: Re: (Garcia) Marquez
At 11:57 AM 7/29/97 -0400, Alan Baragona wrote:
Ron Butters wrote:
Alan Baragona writes:
I get annoyed when people refer
to Gabriel Garcia
Marquez as "Marquez" instead of
Could somebody please explain the protocol here?
As I recall, when I lived in Mexico, people explained to me that
the matronymic and "Marquez" the patronymic--and the matronymic was
frequently dropped in all but the most formal of situations. Is my memory
wrong? Or are there different practices in different parts of the
Spanish-speaking world? It seems to me that people frequently referred
other by their "last" names rather than their full family names.
I don't know about Mexico, but I've lived in Colombia, where Garcia
Marquez hails from, and there the first surname is the patronymic and
the the second is the matronymic and is frequently dropped. Gabriel's
father's name was Garcia. I am relatively sure that this is the
practice throughout the Spanish-speaking world, including Mexico, but I
could be wrong.
I was told by a friend from Argentina that they use only one surname there.
Any Argentinians to inform us?