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ERIC Number: EJ811312
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1931-3152
Spanish as a World Language: The Interplay of Globalized Localization and Localized Globalization
Nino-Murcia, Mercedes; Godenzzi, Juan Carlos; Rothman, Jason
International Multilingual Research Journal, v2 n1-2 p48-66 2008
This article argues that two movements in constant interplay operate within the historical trajectory of the Spanish language: the localization that becomes globalized and the globalization that becomes localized. Equally, this article illustrates how, at the same time that Spanish is expanding in the world, new idiosyncratic and localized forms of the language are emerging. This article deals with the issues of standardization and language ideology, language contact, and redefinition of identities. The article focuses on three geographic loci: Spain, where Spanish opposes Catalan, Basque, and Galician; the United States, where migrants' Spanish dialects converge and confront English and each other; and finally, Latin America, where Spanish is in contact with Portuguese, indigenous, and Afro-Hispanic languages. The concepts that structure the discussion explain both language expansion and contraction as well as the conflict and constant negotiation between a language's standardized forms and its regional and social varieties. (Contains 5 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain; United States