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Faculty Book: José del Valle, ed.

José del Valle, ed.

La lengua, ¿patria común? Ideas e ideologías del español
(Vervuert/Iberoamericana, 2007)

What is the true nature of disputes over the symbolic status of Spanish? This book, written in Spanish, offers a partial response to this question through the analysis of language-promotion policies and associated discourses of legitimization. It focuses on Spain’s efforts to consolidate a pan-Hispanic community (mainly by mobilizing the Association of Academies of the Spanish Language) and promote the spread of Spanish beyond the Spanish-speaking world, e.g. in Brazil and the U.S. (mainly through the actions of the Cervantes Institute). The relationship between these language policies and Spain’s geopolitical interests after the country’s early-nineties economic take-off is examined and read against the theoretical backdrop provided by linguistic ideologies and the tensions that characterize the co-existence of nationalist and globalist paradigms. José del Valle is a professor of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian literatures and languages at the Graduate Center.

Submitted on: JAN 1, 2007

Category: Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages, Faculty Books