Chapter published in:Variation and Evolution: Aspects of language contact and contrast across the Spanish-speaking world
Edited by Sandro Sessarego, Juan J. Colomina-Almiñana and Adrián Rodríguez-Riccelli
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 29] 2020
► pp. 190–209
‘Debemos aprender y manejar un poco mejor el español’
An approach to the linguistic attitudes of the Afro-Peruvian people in the district of El Carmen (Chincha)
This is a preliminary research about the linguistic attitudes of Afro-Peruvian participants living in El Carmen, a district located in Chincha (Peru), at the South-Central coast of Peru. Data were collected from in-depth interviews conducted to Afro-Peruvian participants born in El Carmen. Linguistic attitudes are addressed from a Mentalist approach (González, 2009; Zamora, 2015). Results reveal that Afro-Peruvian participants experience linguistic uncertainty about their own way of speaking as they consider it incorrect compared to the Lima inhabitants’ way of speaking, which they perceive as more prestigious. On the other hand, they tend to assess negatively the way of speaking of the Peruvian Highlands inhabitants, as they consider these regions are plenty of indigenous languages from the Andes.
Keywords: linguistic attitudes, Afro-Peruvian Spanish, Afro-Peruvian people, El Carmen district, Chincha province
Published online: 11 August 2020
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