Palenquero and Spanish in Contact

Exploring the interface

John M. Lipski | The Pennsylvania State University
ISBN 9789027204868 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027261632 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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Bilingual speakers are normally aware of what language they are speaking or hearing; there is, however, no widely accepted consensus on the degree of lexical and morphosyntactic similarity that defines the psycholinguistic threshold of distinct languages. This book focuses on the Afro-Colombian creole language Palenquero, spoken in bilingual contact with its historical lexifier, Spanish. Although sharing largely cognate lexicons, the languages are in general not mutually intelligible. For example, Palenquero exhibits no adjective-noun or verb-subject agreement, uses pre-verbal tense-mood-aspect particles, and exhibits unbounded clause-final negation. The present study represents a first attempt at mapping the psycholinguistic boundaries between Spanish and Palenquero from the speakers’ own perspective, including traditional native Palenquero speakers, adult heritage speakers, and young native Spanish speakers who are acquiring Palenquero as a second language. The latter group also provides insights into the possible cognitive cost of “de-activating” Spanish morphological agreement as well as the relative efficiency of pre-verbal vs. clause-final negation. In this study, corpus-based analyses are combined with an array of interactive experimental techniques, demonstrating that externally-imposed classifications do not always correspond to speakers’ own partitioning of language usage in their communities.
[Contact Language Library, 56] 2020.  xvii, 318 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Lipski's book is a job scrupulously done. The book is of great interest to linguists because of the subject of study, the variety of methods used and the vast bibliography on the subject and numerous fieldwork recordings. It is valuable for specialists in contact languages and in American Spanish and many other readers will be interested in the ideological resistance dimension of maintaining a heritage language.”
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2021. New perspectives on Spanish socio-historical linguistics. In Spanish Socio-Historical Linguistics [Advances in Historical Sociolinguistics, 12],  pp. 2 ff. DOI logo
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Putnam, Michael T.
2022. Review of Mazzoli & Sippola (2021): New Perspectives on Mixed Languages: From Core to Fringe. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 37:2  pp. 416 ff. DOI logo
Raynor, Eliot
2022. Sandro Sessarego: Language contact and the making of an Afro-Hispanic vernacular: Variation and change in the Colombian Chocó. Journal of Historical Sociolinguistics 8:1  pp. 179 ff. DOI logo

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Main BIC Subject

CF/2ZP: Linguistics/Pidgins & Creoles

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2019054224 | Marc record