Variation and Change in Spanish
By (author) Ralph J. Penny
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Variation and Change in Spanish by Ralph J. Penny
Book DescriptionThis 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521604505
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-May-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ralph J. Penny
History of the Spanish Language, Hardback (October 2002)
A revised, expanded and updated 2002 edition of Ralph Penny's authoritative textbook, first published in 1991.
Variation and Change in Spanish, Hardback (November 2000)» View all books by Ralph J. Penny
This book studies worldwide variation in Spanish, and the origins and history of this variation.
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