A Political History of Spanish: The Making of a Language

  title={A Political History of Spanish: The Making of a Language},
  author={Jos{\'e} del Valle},
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… 

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woolard (PhD, U.C. Berkeley 1983) is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego, and past president of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology

  • 1983

Valle descriptive to a critical discipline. Language is “a contextualised and contextualising phenomenon

  • 2004

13–36). For the development of the Italian Neolinguistic School’s

  • 1980

Valle understanding of the precise role played by language ideologies in more general sociopolitical developments, conflicts and struggles

  • 1999

Heller’s Discourses of Endangerment

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reviewed the field through case studies from English and Spanish

  • 2007

Knauer for her support and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award it gave me in 2010, which allowed me to make much progress towards completion of this project

  • 2010