What is it about?

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. the volume appeals to the diatopic component, as the enormous geographic expanse occupied by the Spanish-speaking community means we must consider the spatial dimension in order to understand how processes of variation work at the macro level of the community, over its entire geography.

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Why is it important?

The objectives are to create, within the field of descriptive linguistics, a grammar of the spoken Spanish language; to understand the processes of linguistic variation and the scope of variable phenomena in the entire Hispanic world; to investigate leveling and permeability dynamics of dialects in contact; and to contribute, ultimately, to constructing a theory of language change


These nine studies aim to illustrate the direction in which a new coordinated way of doing sociolinguistics is moving, and how far it is possible to advance when research becomes a cooperative task.

Isabel Molina Martos
Universidad de Alcala de Henares

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This page is a summary of: Sociolinguistic patterns and processes of convergence and divergence in Spanish, Spanish in Context, October 2020, John Benjamins, DOI: 10.1075/sic.00054.int.
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