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Variation and Change in Spanish

Variation and Change in Spanish

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  • Date Published: May 2004
  • availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521604505

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  • This book studies the differences of pronunciation and grammar that exist within the Spanish-speaking world, and traces their origins in the frequent mixing of dialects in Spanish-speaking communities from the Middle Ages to the present day. It emphasizes the subtlety and seamlessness of language variation, both geographical and social, and shows how the constant process of mixing has rendered Spanish particularly subject to leveling of its linguistic irregularities and to simplification of its structures, both in Europe and later in the Americas.

    • Studies worldwide variation in Spanish, and the origins of the different varieties
    • Applies sociolinguistic theory to the history of Spanish
    • Investigates the relationship between standard and non-standard varieties
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    "This book...is strongly recommended as essential background reading for hispanists in general and as an introductory account for dialectologists and sociolinguists." Language in Society

    "Both recent books by Ralph Penny make significant contributions to our knowledge of the history and development of the Spanish language." Society for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies Bulletin

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    • Date Published: May 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521604505
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • contains: 4 maps
    • availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
  • Table of Contents

    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.

  • Author

    Ralph Penny, Queen Mary, University of London

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