Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced title.
The African slave trade, beginning in the fifteenth century, brought
African languages into contact with Spanish and Portuguese, resulting in
the Africans’ gradual acquisition of these languages. In this book, John
Lipski describes the major forms of Afro-Hispanic language found in the
Iberian Peninsula and Latin America over the last 500 years. As well as
discussing pronunciation, morphology and syntax, he separates legitimate
forms of Afro-Hispanic expression from those that result from racist
stereotyping, to assess how contact with the African diaspora has had a
permanent impact on contemporary Spanish. A principal issue is the
possibility that Spanish, in contact with speakers of African languages,
may have creolized and restructured - in the Caribbean and perhaps
elsewhere - permanently affecting regional and social varieties of Spanish
today. The book is accompanied by the largest known anthology of primary
Afro-Hispanic texts from Iberia, Latin America, and former Afro-Hispanic
contacts in Africa and Asia.