Spanish In Four Continents / Edition 1

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This collection is the first to examine the effects of bilingualism and multilingualism on the development of dialectal varieties of Spanish in Africa, America, Asia and Europe. Nineteen essays investigate a variety of complex situations of contact between Spanish and typologically different languages, including Basque, Bantu languages, English, and Quechua. The overall picture that evolves clearly indicates that although influence from the contact languages may lead to different dialects, the core grammar of Spanish remains intact.

Silva-Corvalán's volume makes an important contribution both to sociolinguistics in general, and to Spanish linguistics in particular. The contributors address theoretical and empirical issues that advance our knowledge of what is a possible linguistic change, how languages change, and how changes spread in society in situations of intensive bilingualism and language contact, a situation that appears to be the norm rather than the exception in the world.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Students of Spanish as a world language will find both new data and new interpretations of familiar bilingual environments." -- Language

"The first book dedicated to language contact and bilingualism in the Spanish-speaking world... an excellent beginning. Those interested in knowing more about language contact phenomena in the Spanish-speaking world will not be disappointed by this collection." -- Studies in Second Language Acquisition

John M. Lipski
Students of Spanish as a world language will find both new data and new interpretations of familiar bilingual environments.
—( Language )
Elizabeth Grace Winkler
The first book dedicated to language contact and bilingualism in the Spanish-speaking excellent beginning. Those interested in knowing more about language contact phenomena in the Spanish-speaking world will not be disappointed by this collection.
—( Studies in Second Language Acquisition )
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878406494
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Series: Studies in Romance Linguistics
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 0.72 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Carmen Silva-Corvalán is a professor of Spanish Linguistics at the University of Southern California. She is the author of Sociolingüística: Teoría y análisis (Alhambra, 1989) and Language Contact and Change: Spanish in Los Angeles (Oxford University Press, 1994).

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Table of Contents

The Study of Language Contact: An Overview of the Issues 3
Language Mixture: Ordinary Processes, Extraordinary Results 15
The Impact of Quichua on Verb Forms Used in Spanish Requests in Otavalo, Ecuador 39
The Expression of Past Reference in Spanish Narratives of Spanish-Quechua Bilingual Speakers 52
Spanish OV/VO Word-Order Variation in Spanish-Quechua Bilingual Speakers 71
The Gerund in the Spanish of the North Andean Region 83
The Spanish Language in Contact With Quechua and Aymara: The Use of the Article 101
Personal Pronouns for Inanimate Entities in Uruguayan Spanish in Contact With Portuguese 117
Lending the 'Unborrowable': Spanish Discourse Markers in Indigenous American Languages 132
The Loss of the Spanish Impersonal Particle se Among Bilinguals: A Descriptive Profile 148
The Many Faces of Language Maintenance: Spanish Language Claiming in Five Southwestern States 165
Spanish Ability and Use Among Second-Generation Nuyoricans 184
En los sabados, en la manana, en veces: A Look at en in the Spanish of San Antonio 196
On the Future of the Future Tense in the Spanish of the Southwest 214
Discourse Strategies of Mexican American Spanish 227
Morphosyntactic Features in the Spanish of the Basque Country 243
First Stages in the Acquisition of Noun Phrase Determiners by a Basque-Spanish Bilingual Child 260
Resultados del contacto del espanol con el arabe y con las lenguas autoctonas de Guinea Ecuatorial 281
El espanol en Filipinas 293
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