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A Political History of Spanish
The Making of a Language

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José del Valle, Alberto Medina, Henrique Monteagudo, Roger Wright, Miguel Martínez, Kathryn Woolard, Laura Villa, Elvira Narvaja de Arnoux, Paul Firbas, Bárbara Cifuentes, Juan Valdez, Graciela Barrios, Guillermo Toscano y García, Ofelia García, Elise M. DuBord, Arturo Fernández Gibert, Glenn Martínez, Jennifer Leeman, Mauro Fernández, Yvette Bürki, Susana Castillo Rodríguez
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  • Date Published: August 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107533653

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  • Spanish is spoken as a first language by almost 400 million people in approximately 60 countries, and has been the subject of numerous political processes and debates since it began to spread globally from Iberia in the thirteenth century. A Political History of Spanish brings together a team of experts to analyze the metalinguistic origins of Spanish and evaluate it as a discursively constructed artefact; that is to say, as a language which contains traces of the society in which it is produced, and of the discursive traditions that are often involved and invoked in its creation. This is a comprehensive and provocative new work which takes a fresh look at Spanish from specific political and historical perspectives, combining the traditional chronological organization of linguistic history and spatial categories such as Iberia, Latin America and the US, whilst simultaneously identifying the limits of these organizational principles.

    • Takes a unique political and historical approach to Spanish which will appeal to specialists in linguistic history as well as teachers seeking new approaches for courses on the history of the Spanish
    • Analyzes the link between language, history and politics, rendering it of interest to historians, literary scholars and anthropologists as well as linguists
    • Considers Spanish as a cultural and political artefact and will therefore be a useful resource for specialists in cultural studies, Iberian studies and Latin American studies
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    'With more than 400 million speakers spread over every continent, the Spanish language represents a powerful social and political force in the modern world. A political history of Spanish traces the development of Spanish from a rustic regional vernacular to a multi-center world powerhouse, including the rise of Castilian as the variety of choice and the institutional control of the Royal Academy. The coverage includes Spain, Spanish America, the United States, Africa, and Asia. This skilfully configured anthology provides a valuable complement to linguistic histories of Spanish, by documenting the socio-political currents that shaped one of the world's most prominent languages. Historians, linguists, political scientists, and students of language and culture will find relevant and thought-provoking material in these essays.' John Lipski, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Spanish and Linguistics, Pennsylvania State University

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    • Date Published: August 2015
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107533653
    • length: 446 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Theoretical Underpinnings:
    1. Language, politics and history: an introductory essay José del Valle
    Part II. The Making of Spanish: Iberian Perspectives:
    2. Introduction Alberto Medina, Henrique Monteagudo and José del Valle
    3. The prehistory of written Spanish and the thirteenth-century nationalist zeitgeist Roger Wright
    4. Language, nation and empire in early modern Iberia Miguel Martínez
    5. The seventeenth-century debate over the origins of Spanish: links of language ideology to the morisco question Kathryn Woolard
    6. The institutionalization of language in eighteenth-century Spain Alberto Medina
    7. The officialization of Spanish in mid-nineteenth-century Spain: the Academy's authority Laura Villa
    8. Spanish and other languages of Spain in the Second Republic Henrique Monteagudo
    Part III. The Making of Spanish: Latin American and Transatlantic Perspectives:
    9. Introduction Elvira Narvaja de Arnoux and José del Valle
    10. Language, religion and unification in early colonial Peru Paul Firbas
    11. Grammar and the state in the Southern Cone in the nineteenth century Elvira Narvaja de Arnoux
    12. The politics of lexicography in the Mexican Academy in the late nineteenth century Bárbara Cifuentes
    13. Language in the Dominican Republic: between Hispanism and Panamericanism Juan Valdez
    14. Language diversity and national unity in the history of Uruguay Graciela Barrios
    15. Language debates and the institutionalization of philology in Argentina in the first half of the twentieth century Guillermo Toscano y García
    16. Linguistic emancipation and the academies of the Spanish language in the twentieth century: the 1951 turning point José del Valle
    Part IV. The Making of Spanish: US Perspectives:
    17. Introduction José del Valle and Ofelia García
    18. Language, church and state in territorial Arizona Elise M. DuBord
    19. The politics of Spanish and English in territorial New Mexico Arturo Fernández Gibert
    20. Public health and the politics of language in early twentieth-century Texas Glenn Martínez
    21. Categorizing Latinos in the history of the US Census: the official racialization of Spanish Jennifer Leeman
    Part V. The Making of Spanish Beyond Spain and the Americas:
    22. Introduction Mauro Fernández and José del Valle
    23. The status of Judeo-Spanish in the Ottoman Empire Yvette Bürki
    24. Language and the Hispanization of Equatorial Guinea Susana Castillo Rodríguez
    25. The representation of Spanish in the Philippine Islands Mauro Fernández.

  • Editor

    José Del Valle, City University of New York
    José del Valle is Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of El trueque s/x en español antiguo: Aproximaciones teóricas (1996) and co-editor and co-author of The Battle Over Spanish Between 1800 and 2000: Language Ideologies and Hispanic Intellectuals (2002) and La lengua, ¿patria común? (2007). In 2010 he received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for his outstanding research record.


    José del Valle, Alberto Medina, Henrique Monteagudo, Roger Wright, Miguel Martínez, Kathryn Woolard, Laura Villa, Elvira Narvaja de Arnoux, Paul Firbas, Bárbara Cifuentes, Juan Valdez, Graciela Barrios, Guillermo Toscano y García, Ofelia García, Elise M. DuBord, Arturo Fernández Gibert, Glenn Martínez, Jennifer Leeman, Mauro Fernández, Yvette Bürki, Susana Castillo Rodríguez

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