Language Contact and Competition in Latin America

  title={Language Contact and Competition in Latin America},
  author={Danae M. Perez},
This chapter provides an overview of the debates on, and approaches to, societal language contact with a particular focus on bilingual societies and diasporic communities. It begins with outlining diglossic societies to show that the principal factors that determine language competition are usually extralinguistic in nature. The case of Paraguay is particularly interesting, since here the colonial language, Spanish, is spoken alongside an indigenous one by the majority of the population. The… Expand
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