LINGUIST List 16.1066

Wed Apr 06 2005

Books: Historical Ling/Socioling, Spanish: Penny

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        1.    Joyce Reid, Variation and Change in Spanish: Penny

Message 1: Variation and Change in Spanish: Penny

Date: 06-Apr-2005
From: Joyce Reid <>
Subject: Variation and Change in Spanish: Penny

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Title: Variation and Change in Spanish
Published: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Ralph Penny
Paperback: ISBN: 0521604508 Pages: 298 Price: U.S. $ 32.99
Paperback: ISBN: 0521604508 Pages: 298 Price: U.K. £ 21.99

This book applies recent theoretical insights to trace the development of
Castilian and Latin American Spanish from the Middle Ages onwards, through
processes of repeated dialect mixing both within the Iberian Peninsula and
in the New World. The author contends that it was this frequent mixing
which caused Castilian to evolve more rapidly than other varieties of
Hispano-Romance, and which rendered Spanish particularly subject to
levelling of its linguistic irregularities and to simplification of its
structures. These two processes continued as the language extended into and
across the Americas. These processes are viewed in the context of the
Hispano-Romance dialect continuum, which includes Galician, Portuguese and
Catalan, as well as New World varieties. The book emphasises the subtlety
and seamlessness of language variation, both geographical and social, and
the impossibility of defining strict boundaries between varieties. Its
conclusions will be relevant both to Hispanists and to historical
sociolinguists more generally.

"This strongly recommended as essential background reading for
hispanists in general and as an introductory account for dialectologists
and sociolinguists."
Language in Society

1. Introduction: language variation
2. Dialect, language, variety: definitions and relationships
3. Mechanisms of change
4. Variation in Spain
5. Variation in Spanish America
6. Variation in Judeo-Spanish
7. Standardization

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Ladino (SPJ)
                            Spanish (SPN)

Written In: English (ENG )

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