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

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Languages in contact are characterized by constant and rapid change; thus, they provide a testing ground for hypotheses about processes of linguistic change. In this study, Silva-Corvalán looks at an inter-generational sample of Spanish-English bilinguals in Los Angeles County. Bringing together analytical techniques employed in sociolinguistics, functional syntax, and discourse analysis, she uncovers the linguistic, cognitive, and social processes underlying language maintenance, as well as changes characteristic of language shift and loss.

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"The presentation of the material is very clear and well organized....This book is an important contribution not only to the study of the Spanish spoken in the United States, but also to studies of language contact, sociolinguistics, dialectology, and the sociology of the language, among other fields."—Anthropological Linguistics
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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
  • Sales rank: 1,490,190
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

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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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