Language Contact and Change: Spanish in Los Angeles / Edition 1

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Languages in a situation of contact, whether receding or being maintained by their speakers, are characterized by constant and rapid change. Thus, they provide a testing ground for hypotheses about processes of linguistic change. In this original study of an intergenerational sample of Spanish-English bilinguals in Los Angeles County, Carmen Silva-Corvalán explores in depth the linguistic, cognitive, and social processes underlying language maintenance, as well as changes characteristic of language shift and loss, bringing together analytical techniques employed in sociolinguistics, functional syntax, and discourse analysis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198236443
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Series: Oxford Studies in Language Contact Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables
1 Language Contact and Change 1
2 Tense-Mood-Aspect Across the Spanish Continuum 20
3 The Effect of Tense-Mood-Aspect Simplification on Narrative and Hypothetical Discourse 56
4 Exploring Internal Motivation for Change 92
5 Exploring External Motivation for Change 133
6 Conflicting Loyalties 168
7 Conclusion 207
App. 1 Tape Contents and Speaker Coding 222
App. 2 Verb Test 227
App. 3 Factors Included in the Coding of Subject Expression 230
App. 4 Attitude Questionnaires 232
References 240
Index 250
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