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TitleA political history of Spanish : the making of a language / edited by Jose del Valle
ImprintCambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013
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Descript 1 online resource (xiv, 430 pages) : digital, PDF file(s)


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


Part I. Theoretical underpinnings. Language, politics and history : an introductory essay / José del Valle -- Part II. The making of Spanish: Iberian perspectives. Introduction to the making of Spanish : Iberian perspectives / Alberto Medina, José del Valle and Henrique Monteagudo -- The prehistory of written Spanish and the thirteenth-century nationalist zeitgeist / Roger Wright -- Language, nation and empire in early modern Iberia / Miguel Martińez -- The seventeenth century debate over the origins of Spanish : links of language ideology to the Morisco question / Kathryn A. Woolard -- The institutionalization of language in eighteenth-century Spain / Alberto Medina -- The officialization of Spanish in mid-nineteenth century Spain : the Academy's authority / Laura Villa -- Spanish and other languages of Spain in the Second Republic / Henrique Monteagudo -- Part III. The making of Spanish: Latin American and Transatlantic perspectives. Introduction to the making of Spanish : Latin American and Transatlantic perspectives / Elvira Narvaja de Arnoux and José del Valle -- Language, religion and unification in early colonial Peru / Paul Firbas -- Grammar and the state in the Southern Cone in the nineteenth century / Elvira Narvaja de Arnoux -- The politics of lexicography in the Mexican Academy in the late nineteenth century / Baŕbara Cifuentes -- Language in the Dominican Republic : between Hispanism and Panamericanism / Juan R. Valdez -- Language diversity and national unity in the history of Uruguay / Graciela Barrios -- Language debates and the institutionalization of philology in Argentina in the first half of the twentieth century / Guillermo Toscano y Garciá -- 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. Introduction to the making of Spanish : US perspectives / José del Valle and Ofelia Garciá -- Language, church and state in territorial Arizona / Elise M. DuBord -- The politics of Spanish and English in territorial New Mexico / Arturo Fernańdez-Gibert -- Public health and the politics of Spanish in early twentieth-century Texas / Glenn A. Martinez -- 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. Introduction to the making of Spanish beyond Spain and the Americas / Mauro Fernańdez and José del Valle -- The status of Judeo-Spanish in the Ottoman Empire / Yvette Bürki -- Language and the hispanization of Equatorial Guinea / Susana Castillo Rodriǵuez -- The representation of Spanish in the Philippine Islands / Mauro Fernańdez

Spanish language -- Political aspects -- History Communication in politics -- History Spanish-speaking countries -- Politics and government


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