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By John M. Lipski

The African slave alternate, starting within the 15th century, introduced African languages into touch with Spanish and Portuguese, leading to the Africans' sluggish acquisition of those languages. during this 2004 ebook, John Lipski describes the foremost varieties of Afro-Hispanic language present in the Iberian Peninsula and Latin the US during the last 500 years. in addition to discussing pronunciation, morphology and syntax, he separates valid sorts of Afro-Hispanic expression from those who end result from racist stereotyping, to evaluate how touch with the African diaspora has had an enduring impression on modern Spanish. A central factor is the prospect that Spanish, involved with audio system of African languages, could have creolized and restructured - within the Caribbean and maybe in other places - completely affecting nearby and social sorts of Spanish at the present time. The publication is followed by way of the biggest identified anthology of basic Afro-Hispanic texts from Iberia, Latin the United States, and previous Afro-Hispanic contacts in Africa and Asia.

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