The Spanish-Speaking World: A Practical Introduction to by Clare Mar-Molinero

By Clare Mar-Molinero

This available textbook deals scholars the chance to probe for themselves a variety of sociolinguistic matters in relation to the Spanish language and its function in societies all over the world. it's written for undergraduate scholars who've a legitimate useful wisdom of Spanish yet who've very little wisdom of linguistics or sociolinguistics. It combines textual content with useful routines and dialogue inquiries to stimulate readers to imagine for themselves and to take on particular problems.
In Part One Clare Mar-Molinero discusses the location of Spanish as a global language, giving an historic account of its improvement and dominance. Part Two examines social and local version in Spanish, and investigates dialects, language attitudes, and magnificence and sign in, particulaly within the media. the writer additionally questions the connection among gender and language. Part Three specializes in present concerns, rather these coming up from language rules and laws, specifically within the schooling procedure, in Spain, Latin the US and the USA.

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These played a similar role to the eisteddfod in Wales, which also experienced a major revival in the early nineteenth century. Heightened cultural awareness, however, led Catalans to want to emphasise and control their separate identity in a way that the centralised governments of the Spanish state did not allow. This, of course, included the promotion of their own language, particularly through literature and other cultural activities and through the education system. In particular in the many periods of central government crises of the nineteenth century, Catalans felt frustrated by the Spanish state.

Today ten of the Latin American states that were former Spanish colonies enshrine in a current constitution the status of Spanish or Castilian. The majority of these refer to Spanish as the ‘official’ language, but in some states Spanish is referred to in legal decrees as the ‘national’ language. Clearly in such manifestly multi-ethnic societies the distinction between these two terms is extremely important. How would you distinguish between the two terms? Is this a similar distinction as that which we can make between ‘state’ and ‘nation’?

In what kind of ways do you think the Franco regime would have wanted to influence language use and why? The use of minority (non-Castilian) languages was seen as anti-patriotic. These languages were therefore proscribed from public use and ridiculed. A situation, once again, of enforced diglossia existed in regions such as Catalonia, shutting down the expansion in the use of minority languages which had taken place during the Republic. The regime carefully chose to refer to these languages as ‘dialects’ of Spanish (with the exception of Basque).

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