Chapter published in:Amazonian Spanish: Language Contact and Evolution
Edited by Stephen Fafulas
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 23] 2020
► pp. 260–286
The many Spanishes of an Andean-Amazonian crossroads
In the Southern Peruvian Amazon, agricultural migrants from the Andes have brought Quechua and Andean Spanish into the traditional Amazonian territory of Matsigenka speakers. This chapter offers an ethnographic and socio-historical view of Andean Spanish on one corner of this Amazonian frontier. The social life of Spanish in this region is illustrated through the lives of three community-mates, whose speech exhibits diverse contact effects reflecting the diversity of their frontier experiences. This case shows how, unlike Spanish in the Andes, which developed in the highlands without a major migratory influx from other regions, Amazonian varieties of Spanish emerged as more or less heterogeneous populations from other places migrated and came together with the speakers of dozens of local indigenous languages.
Keywords: Amazonian Spanish, Andean Spanish, migration, Quechua, Matsigenka
Published online: 15 July 2020
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