LINGUIST List 31.1989

Tue Jun 16 2020

Books: Language Contact and the Making of an Afro-Hispanic Vernacular: Sessarego

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Date: 26-May-2020
From: Dan Iredale <>
Subject: Language Contact and the Making of an Afro-Hispanic Vernacular: Sessarego
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Title: Language Contact and the Making of an Afro-Hispanic Vernacular
Subtitle: Variation and Change in the Colombian Chocó
Series Title: Cambridge Approaches to Language Contact
Published: 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Sandro Sessarego
Electronic: ISBN: 9781108624527 Pages: 246 Price: U.S. $ 88.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108485814 Pages: 246 Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9781108485814 Pages: 246 Price: U.K. £ 85.00

Exploring creole studies from a linguistic, historical, and socio-cultural perspective, this study advances our knowledge of the subject by using a cohesive approach to provide new theoretical insights into language shift, language acquisition and language change. It compares the legal system regulating black slavery in Chocó, Colombia with the systems implemented by other European colonial powers in the Americas, to address questions such as what do Chocó Spanish linguistic features say about the nature of Afro-Hispanic vernaculars? What were the sociohistorical conditions in which Chocó Spanish formed? Was slavery in Chocó much different from slavery in other European colonies? Whilst primarily focused on Afro-Hispanic language varieties, Sessarego's findings and methodology can be easily applied and tested to other contact languages and settings, and used to address current debates on the origin of other black communities in the Americas and the languages they speak.

1. Introduction
2. The place of Chocó Spanish in the Spanish creole debate
3. A sketch of Chocó Spanish
4. Roots of some languages
5. Black slavery in the Pacific lowlands of Colombia
6. Testing the legal hypothesis of Creole genesis on colonial Chocó
7. Final considerations.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Spanish-Based Creoles

Written In: English (eng)

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