Faculty Book: José Del Valle
José Del Valle, ed.
A Political History of Spanish: The Making of a Language
(Cambridge University Press, 2013)
This volume brings together a team of experts to analyze the metalinguistic history of Spanish. Spanish is defined as a discursively constructed artifact, which, as such, contains traces of the society in which it is produced and of the discursive traditions that are often involved and invoked in its creation. This is a comprehensive and provocative new work that takes a fresh look at Spanish from specific political and historical perspectives, combining the traditional chronological organization of linguistic history and such spatial categories as Iberia, Latin America, and the United States, while simultaneously identifying the limits of these organizational principles. José Del Valle is professor of linguistics and Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian literatures and languages at the Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: SEP 30, 2013