Forthcoming: Prácticas lingüísticas heterogéneas: Nuevas perspectivas para el estudio del español en contacto con lenguas amerindias

Santiago Sánchez Moreano   Élodie Blestel  


After celebrating the International workshop « Spanish varieties in contact or heterogeneous language practices » in Paris in 2017, this volume brings together thirteen scientific contributions offering a change of perspective on the description of contact-induced variation and change phenomena in the Spanish-speaking world, based on new methodological and theoretical frameworks. This change of perspective implies to move from the analysis of “systems” and “codes” in contact, and its outcomes, to the description and analysis of heterogeneous language practices that focuses on the use of semiotic and linguistic resources by speakers to express messages, to transmit knowledge, or to take positions and epistemic and affective stances, that is, to create meaning. The aim of this book is to question, from different perspectives and backgrounds, the notion of contact as just simply the influence of systems or codes and, rather, to propose a dynamic view centered on the use of linguistic heterogeneous resources by social actors living in complex contact settings involving the contact of languages such as Spanish, Quechua, Guaraní, Yukuna, Mapuzugún, Otomí, Chichimeca jonaz, and Tepehuano del sureste. This book brings together contributions from well-known specialists and young researchers of language contact such as Carol Klee, Azucena Palacios, Uli Reich, Isabelle Léglise, Carola Mick, Marleen Haboud, Aura Lemus, Magdalena Lemus, Ignacio Satti, Rosa Morales, Daniel Muz, Stefan Pfänder y Mario Soto Jorge Gómez Rendón, Aldo Olate Vinet, Nadiezdha Torres Sánchez, Élodie Blestel, and Santiago Sánchez Moreano. The volume is divided in two sections. The first one: « methodological and theoretical perspectives » includes five contributions offering innovative guidelines and perspectives for the study of contact-induced variation and change. These perspectives, although they have been widely worked in linguistic anthropology and ethnographic sociolinguistics, for example, has been on the contrary not yet well explored in the field of language contact in the “Spanish-speaking world”. The second section is entitled “Case studies and applied perspectives” and includes seven contributions offering new theoretically and methodologically views on language contact.

Santiago Sánchez Moreano

Santiago Sánchez Moreano is a postdoctoral fellow at LABEX EFL, ‘Multifactorial analysis of language changes’, a scientific program of the joint research center Structure et Dynamique des Langues (SeDyL CNRS/INALCO/IRD) in Paris. He also works as a Spanish lecturer at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle. His research focuses on language variation and change in multilingual settings in Colombia and French Guiana. Most of his research deals with Spanish varieties in contact, multilingual language practices, and the linguistic and social outcomes of contact. His research is based on ethnographic approaches to fieldwork.

Élodie Blestel

Élodie Blestel is a full-time lecturer in Spanish Linguistics in the Spanish Studies Department at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University - Paris 3 (EA 7345 CLESTHIA). Her research focuses on the contact between Paraguay’s two co-official languages, Spanish and Guarani, from a morphosyntatic approach. Her main research question focuses on understanding the link between contact and change. She is currently studying the language practices of bilingual populations in Paraguayan public institutions and more particularly, the emergence of dialectal variants known as “Jopara”, in which units from both languages alternate.

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