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Ch. 4 A Diachronic Approach: Confusion of b with v in Spanish (2016)
Diachronic Applications to Spanish Linguistics (2016)
  • Eva Núñez-Méndez, Portland State University
Abstract
This chapter presents the notion of linguistic policies and rights from a sociopolitical and bicultural perspective. Spain becomes a sociolinguistic prototype due to its extensive background in language planning policies and bilingual education. The case of Spain is studied as representative of legitimate multilingualism with illustrative examples in terms of officiality, vitality, governmental responses, social identity, and educational programs. The chapter explains the Peninsular linguistic landscape in the light of language contact approaches, and introduces updated data on demographics, statistics, and laws. It describes the contemporary panorama in which Spanish is in contact with four languages, and gives a diachronic account of its early contact with the non-Indo-European Basque, and subsequent contact with three other Romance varieties: Portuguese, Galician, and Catalan. It concludes with an overview of the repercussions of this contact to map modern Spanish and its role in society and the education system. The main scope consists of offering insight into, and the opportunity to reflect on, the sociolinguistic reality of languages in contact. Secondly, it covers social aspects of language planning, the relations between minority and official languages, and how these are represented in legal policies, with Spain as a point of departure.
Keywords
  • bilabial,
  • b/v,
  • Spanish,
  • Romance languages,
  • phonetics
Publication Date
Winter September 1, 2016
Publisher
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Citation Information
Eva Núñez-Méndez. "Ch. 4 A Diachronic Approach: Confusion of b with v in Spanish (2016)" Diachronic Applications to Spanish Linguistics (2016) p. 126 - 167
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/eva_nunez-mendez/43/