Latin American Spanish

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Longman, 1994 - Foreign Language Study - 426 pages
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The first part of the book presents a linguistic analysis of Latin American Spanish and places it in a broad historical context. The author examines the phonology and morphology of the language, its syntactic and lexical variation and social differentiation, its past and present contacts with other languages and also explores the sociohistorical factors which have shaped the various Latin American Spanish dialects. He provides the reader with a detailed account of the influence of African and Native American languages and populations, and assesses the contribution made by Peninsular Spanish. This includes the geographical and social origins of the original Spanish settlers, the effects of dialect levelling and nautical language and subsequent migratory patterns. There are also in-depth evaluations of dialect classification schemes.

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The classification of Latin American dialects
The linguistic heritage of Spain
Before and after Spain the Native American

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John Lipski is Professor of Spanish and Linguistics at Pennsylvania State University.

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