Between the Andes and the Amazon: Language and Social Meaning in Bolivia

Between the Andes and the Amazon: Language and Social Meaning in Bolivia

by Anna M. Babel

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ISBN-13: 9780816537266
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 03/27/2018
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author


Anna M. Babel is an associate professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the Ohio State University. A former Peace Corps volunteer, her research has focused on the Quechua-Spanish contact zone in central Bolivia. She is the editor of Awareness and Control in Sociolinguistic Research.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Why Can't a Quechua Speaker Wear Pants? 3

Interlude: My Arrival Story 20

1 Western Highlands versus Eastern Lowlands: Cambas and Collas 23

Interlude: Living in Saipina 48

2 Meaning in Context 51

Interlude: On Being a Near-Native Speaker 79

3 Quecha and Spanish Languages and Speakers 82

Interlude: The New Neighborhoods 103

4 Legitimate Saipineños and Strangers: Race, Language, and Migration 106

Interlude: Civil Disobedience and Belonging 127

5 The Greens and the Blues: National Politics, Local Scale 130

Interlude: "¡Que viva el Falange carajo!" 149

6 The Past and the Future: Tradition and Modernity in Saipina 152

Interlude: At Home in the Saipina Valley 173

7 Cholita or Señorita? Gender Expression and Styles of Dress 176

Interlude: It's as If One Were Blind: Education and Literacy 197

8 The Rough Heels: Urban Migrants, Rural Roots 200

Interlude: From Saipina to Santa Cruz 221

Conclusion: Semiotic Fields 224

Postscript: Leaving 235

References 239

Index 261

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