Infoling 10.19 (2020)
Título:Spanish in Context
Subtítulo:Sociolinguistic patterns and processes of convergence and divergence in Spanish
Siglas o acrónimo de la revista:S&C
Año de publicación:2020
Lugar de edición:Amsterdam / Philadelphia
Editorial:John Benjamins

With the publication of this volume, the editors aim to illustrate the direction that Hispanic sociolinguistics has taken in the last two decades, advancing in the study of the variation of Spanish using networks of sociolinguists from Spanish America and Spain working in coordination.


In the field of variationist sociolinguistics, corpora are essential data sources, to the extent that they are seen as the core of this discipline. In this regard, the variationist sociolinguistics that initially developed in the Hispanic world was unrelated to spatial variation, probably due to a lack of coordination among teams and disciplines. However, given that the spatial component is inherent to social variation, we believe it is not possible to study sociolinguistics without considering dialectology. The objective of both is to study linguistic varieties, a similarity that is demonstrated by the use of common concepts to define the dynamic processes that affect both rural and urban communities: language continuum, centers of irradiation, and processes of convergence and divergence, in addition to others such as language contact, dialect leveling, and prestige — the same analytical tools that have traditionally been employed to describe and interpret how variation functions spatially.


Our objective is to bring together research from representatives of the different PRESEEA teams in Spain and Spanish-speaking America that demonstrates the sociolinguistic patterns that are at work in different Hispanic speech communities, based on a common methodology. The goal is to describe some of the convergence and/or divergence processes that are currently active in the different areas where Spanish is spoken and to answer questions such as: What factors explain the linguistic behavior of the speakers in a speech community? What sociolinguistic patterns does a specific speech community present? What is the relationship between the general language and the vernacular variety? What convergence or divergence processes are detected in speech communities? What general evolutionary trends are observed in the Spanish language? The nine papers collected in this volume attempt to shed light on some of these questions. The first three studies compare variables on the phonic level.


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1. Molina Martos, Isabel, “Between dialect and standard: Dynamics of variation and change in Madrid”


2. Moya, Juan A. & M. de la Sierra Tejada, “Patterns of linguistic change in Andalusia”


3. Samper, José A. & Marta Samper, “Peculiarities of the Spanish spoken in the Canary Islands: about the weakening process of intervocalic /d/”


4. Díaz Montesinos, Francisco & Florentino Paredes García, “Convergence and divergence in the use of third-person atonic pronouns in Madrid and Málaga”


5. Gómez Molina, José Ramón & Begoña Gómez Devis, “The agreement of existential haber in three varieties of spoken Spanish”


6. Martín Butragueño, Pedro, “Subject Pronoun Expression in data from the "Project for the sociolinguistic study of Spanish in Spain and America”


7. Malaver, Irania & Florentino Paredes García, “Convergence and Divergence in the use of Diminutive in Medellín, Caracas and Madrid”


8. Guerrero González, Silvana, Javier González Riffo & Silvana Arriagada Anabalón, “Narrative present in Santiago, Chile: Convergence and divergence with speech variety from Mexico City”


9. Cestero Mancera, Ana M.ª, “Uses and resources of mitigation, in contrast”




María Sancho Pascual. Review: Abelardo San Martín Núñez and Silvana Guerrero González (eds.), Boletín de Filología: Estudios sobre la lengua española hablada en el mundo hispánico en su variedad geográfica y social con materiales del PRESEEA 51.2. Santiago de Chile: Departamento de Lingüística de la Universidad de Chile, 2016, 384 pp., ISSN 0718-9303.

Área temática:Lingüística de corpus, Sociolingüística, Variedades del español

Fecha de publicación en Infoling:9 de octubre de 2020
Isabel Molina Martos
Universidad de Alcalá (España)