Language Contact and Change: Spanish in Los Angeles

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byCarmen Silva-Corvalan

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Although the large Hispanic community of Los Angeles is basically a geographically stable urban community, bound by historical, social, linguistic, and cultural factors, both its boundaries and its internal structure are impermanent and undergoing constant change.In this original study of Spanish-English bilinguals in Los Angeles County, Carmen Silva-Corvalan explores in depth the linguistic, cognitive, and social processes underlying language maintenance, as well as changes characteristic of language shift and loss. She brings together analytical techniquesemployed in sociolinguistics, functional syntax, and discourse analysis.

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Although the large Hispanic community of Los Angeles is basically a geographically stable urban community, bound by historical, social, linguistic, and cultural factors, both its boundaries and its internal structure are impermanent and undergoing constant change.In this original study of Spanish-English bilinguals in Los Angeles Count...

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In this original and significant study of an intergenerational sample of Spanish-English bilinguals in Los Angeles County, Carmen Silva-Corvalan explores in depth the linguistic, cognitive, and social processes underlying language maintenance, as well as changes characteristic of language shift and loss. She brings together analytical ...

Carmen Silva-Corvalan is at University of Southern California.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.63 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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`excellent theoretical (but data-rich) book ... thought-provoking study ... By combining painstaking field-work with well-informed and up-to-date analysis and theory, Silva succeeds in serving at least three groups of masters at once ... this book will make very worthwhile reading.'Armin Schwegler, University of California, Irvine, Language in Society 25:2 (1996)