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Iberian Imperialism and Language Evolution in Latin America

Salikoko S. Mufwene


This book is about various linguistic aspects and consequences of the effective colonization of Latin America by Portugal and Spain since the dawn of the 16th century. It is about how Portuguese and Spanish (then known only as Castilian) have both been influenced by their contacts with indigenous and other languages in their Iberian colonies, as well as how the indigenous languages in particular have also been affected by the colonial languages. The book provides novel perspectives onto how the European colonists first communicated with the Natives, onto the role played by the “factors,” missi ... More

Keywords: Colonization, evolution, ecology, contact, trade, interpreter, language island, Quechua, Nheengatu, Maya

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226126173
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226125671.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Salikoko S. Mufwene, editor

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