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Spanish as a World Language: The Interplay of Globalized Localization and Localized Globalization.

Niño-Murcia, M., Godenzzi, J. C. and Rothman, J. (2008) Spanish as a World Language: The Interplay of Globalized Localization and Localized Globalization. International Multilingual Research Journal, 2 (1-2). pp. 48-66. ISSN 1931-3152

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/19313150701766912


This article argues that two movements in constant interplay operate within the historical trajectory of the Spanish language: the localization that becomes globalized and the globalization that becomes localized. Equally, this article illustrates how, at the same time that Spanish is expanding in the world, new idiosyncratic and localized forms of the language are emerging. This article deals with the issues of standardization and language ideology, language contact, and redefinition of identities. The article focuses on three geographic loci: Spain, where Spanish opposes Catalan, Basque, and Galician; the United States, where migrants' Spanish dialects converge and confront English and each other; and finally, Latin America, where Spanish is in contact with Portuguese, indigenous, and Afro-Hispanic languages. The concepts that structure the discussion explain both language expansion and contraction as well as the conflict and constant negotiation between a language's standardized forms and its regional and social varieties.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM)
Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN)
Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Clinical Language Sciences
Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Centre for Cognition Research (CCR)
ID Code:43612
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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