Language Contact and Evolution
Stephen Fafulas | University of Mississippi
Amazonian Spanish: Language Contact and Evolution explores the unique origins, linguistic features, and geo-political situation of the Spanish that has emerged in the Amazon. While this region boasts much linguistic diversity, many of the indigenous languages found within its limits are now being replaced by Spanish. This situation of language expansion, contact, and bilingualism is reshaping the sociolinguistic landscape of the Amazon by creating a number of Spanish varieties with innovative linguistic features that require closer scholarly attention. The current book documents this situation in detail. The chapters in this volume include work on distinct geographical regions of the Amazon, with primary data collected using different methodologies and language contact situations. The scholars in this volume specialize in an array of fields, including anthropological linguistics, bilingualism, language contact, dialectology, and language acquisition. Their work represents both formal and functional approaches to linguistics.
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, 23] 2020. viii, 303 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements | pp. vii–viii
Introduction. Spanish in the Amazon region: Some preliminaries on its status and geographical extensionStephen Fafulas | pp. 1–6
Chapter 1. Language loss and language gain in Amazonia: On newly emergent varieties of a national languageAlexandra Y. Aikhenvald | pp. 7–34
Chapter 2. Bilingualism, second language acquisition, and language contact: Contrasts and shared processesKimberly Geeslin and Travis Evans-Sago | pp. 35–56
Chapter 3. Origins and dialectology studies of Spanish in AmericaManuel Díaz-Campos and Ángel Milla-Muñoz | pp. 57–80
Chapter 4. Language documentation and revitalization as a feedback loopColleen M. Fitzgerald | pp. 81–104
Chapter 5. Amazonian Spanish and the emergence and maintenance of ethnolinguistic variationScott Lamanna | pp. 105–126
Chapter 6. Clitics and argument marking in Shipibo-Spanish and Ashéninka-Perené-Spanish bilingual speechLiliana Sánchez and Elisabeth Mayer | pp. 127–154
Chapter 7. Emerging ethnolinguistic varieties in the Amazon: The case of Yagua SpanishStephen Fafulas and Ricard Viñas-de-Puig | pp. 155–190
Chapter 8. Interrogative intonation in monolingual Amazonian Spanish: The case of Spanish spoken in the cities of Pucallpa and IquitosJose Elias-Ulloa | pp. 191–222
Chapter 9. Phonological processes in flux: Variation in palatal lateral production in the Ecuadorian AmazonErin O’Rourke | pp. 223–258
Chapter 10. The many Spanishes of an Andean-Amazonian crossroadsNicholas Q. Emlen | pp. 259–286
Epilogue. Insights for contact linguistics and future investigations of Spanish in the Amazon regionMiguel Rodríguez-Mondoñedo and Stephen Fafulas | pp. 287–298
Index | pp. 299–303
“Research on varieties of Spanish and Portuguese and the dynamics of their ecological settings receives a significant impetus with this collection of studies. It is the first English-language volume that addresses the range and complexity of Spanish in the Amazon. It starts with a useful and informative overview of the Amazonian language families involved in the contact situations with Spanish (and Portuguese, to a lesser extent), highlighting some interesting features of these post-colonial language varieties. Issues of language acquisition in contact situations are also addressed as these interact with social factors in the process of contact-induced language change. The various stages of language documentation, revitalization, and language community involvement are also explored. These approaches are complemented by five studies that focus on intonation, consonant production, object clitic use, and language choice in Amazonian Spanish varieties in Peru and Ecuador. In all, this volume covers a wide spectrum of approaches and topics. I highly recommend it for students and contact linguists alike.”
J. Clancy Clements, Indiana University
“On the whole, this book comprises a set of high-quality papers on basic concepts of contact linguistics and different varieties of Spanish spoken in the Amazon region. All chapters are conceptualised as »stand-alone« papers which are nevertheless thematically interrelated. While some seem to be aimed at readers with little prior knowledge in the field, others are more demanding, as they primarily target the research community. However, that does not diminish the value of this anthology, but rather adds to its potential usefulness in different contexts.”
Eva Staudinger, HHU Düsseldorf, in Romanische Forschungen 135 (2023).
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CF/2ADSL: Linguistics/Latin-American Spanish
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General