Article published in:The Persistence of Language: Constructing and confronting the past and present in the voices of Jane H. Hill
Edited by Shannon T. Bischoff, Deborah Cole, Amy V. Fountain and Mizuki Miyashita
[Culture and Language Use 8] 2013
► pp. 203–228
Spanish in contact with indigenous tongues
Changing the tide in favor of the heritage languages
In this chapter effects of indigenous languages on Spanish and vice versa are discussed, raising a number of issues. These include a reflection on the variable nature of languages against an ethnocentric idea of a single abstract entity called (e.g. the Spanish, Nahuatl or Maya) “language”, which stems from monolingual approaches to linguistic phenomena. Such diverse configurations of Spanish and indigenous languages allows a characterization of different contact varieties in their social, ideological and political realms. Therefore contact effects will be treated holistically, closing the gap between different realms of the sociolinguistic analysis, including a critique of previous reductionist approaches and its implications from an actors’ perspective and their educational possibilities for (e.g. Mexican) society as a whole.
Keywords: educational implications, indigenous languages, language contact, Spanish
Published online: 28 May 2013
Cited by 2 other publications
Dakin, Karen & Natalie Operstein
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