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Houghton MifflinPreface

Houghton Mifflin's The American Heritage Spanish Dictionary is the most innovative, and the most imitated, of American dictionaries to be published in recent decades. Its overwhelming critical and popular success has been testimony to the achievement of its principal goal of faithfully recording modern American English in an accessible and understandable way.

Edmund L. King, Ph.D.
Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor in the Language, Literature, and Civilization of Spain, Emeritus
Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Emeritus
Princeton University

Rodolfo Cardona, Ph.D.
University Professor and Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature
Boston University


Preface to the Second Edition

The explosive growth of new technologies--in the home, the workplace, the classroom, and almost everywhere in between--has created an abundance of new vocabulary in both English and Spanish since The American Heritage Spanish Dictionary was published in 1986. This same period has seen an increasing contact between the peoples and cultures of Latin America and the United States, whether in the form of immigration, tourism, study, or just browsing on the Internet.



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