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Author Clements, J. Clancy.

Title The linguistic legacy of Spanish and Portuguese : colonial expansion and language change / J. Clancy Clements
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 256 pages)
Series Cambridge approaches to language contact
Cambridge approaches to language contact.
Contents Language contact, language learning, and language change -- The general socio-historical context of Portuguese and Castilian -- Portuguese- and Spanish-lexified creole languages -- Bozal Spanish of Cuba -- Chinese coolie Spanish in nineteenth-century Cuba -- Chinese immigrant Spanish -- Andean Spanish -- Barranquenho -- Contact, cognition, and speech community
Summary "The historical spread of Spanish and Portuguese throughout the world provides a rich source of data for linguists studying how languages evolve and change. This volume analyses the development of Portuguese and Spanish from Latin and their subsequent transformation into several non-standard varieties. Clancy Clements demonstrates that grammar formation not only takes place in parent-to-child communication, but also, importantly, in adult-to-adult communication. He argues that cultural identity is also an important factor in language formation and maintenance, especially in the cases of Portuguese, Castilian, and Barranquenho. More generally, the contact varieties of Portuguese and Spanish have been shaped by demographics, by prestige, as well as by linguistic input, general cognitive abilities and limitations, and by the dynamics of speech community."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 239-251) and indexes
Subject Creole dialects, Portuguese -- Social aspects -- History.
Creole dialects, Spanish -- Social aspects -- History.
Portuguese language -- Variation -- History.
Spanish language -- Variation -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511508433 (electronic bk.)
9780511508431 (electronic bk.)
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