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The Spanish Language Today [Hardcover]

Miranda Stewart
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July 20, 1999 041514258X 978-0415142588
The Spanish Language Today describes the varied and changing Spanish language at the end of the twentieth century. Suitable for introductory level upward, this book examines:
* where Spanish is spoken on a global scale
* the status of Spanish within the realms of politics, education and media
* the standardisation of Spanish
* specific areas of linguistic variation and change
* how other languages and dialects spoken in the same areas affect the Spanish language
* whether new technologies are an opportunity or a threat to the Spanish language.
The Spanish Language Today contains numerous extracts from contemporary press and literary sources, a glossary of technical terms and selected translations.

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'Stewart misses nothing of importance, and has managed to thread the pieces together successfully. It is certainly a book to be recommended to students.' - Antonia Moreira, Kings College London

'Stewart is well informed and illuminating on sociolinguistic aspects of both American and European Spanish ... The data on changes in progress are authentic, valuable, up to date and interesting.' - Roger Wright, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, January 2001

'... an extremely useful contribution to the fields of Spanish linguistics and Spanish applied linguistics ... an outstanding point of departure for further study and research on the complex and intriguing natire of the Spanish language in the twenty-first century.' - Manel Lacorte, Univeristy of Maryland, Applied LInguistics

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About the Author

Miranda Stewart is Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American studies at the University of Strathclyde

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (July 20, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041514258X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415142588
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,744,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book has obviously been written for an introductory course of linguistics in a Spanish curriculum of an English-language university. Ideally, an introduction to general linguistics is offered in a parallel course.
In such a context, items such as phonological and syntactic variation and change as well as pragmatic and sociolinguistic issues are further illustrated and brought to life for the student by the application to her or his main discipline.
To the general, non-student reader, this book is also useful as an introduction to certain aspects of Spanish. It has an accessible style and Spanish examples which are more than one or two sentences or are difficult for one reason or another are translated in footnotes. In some chapters, however, general linguistic insights are described in so much detail that for the general reader the text is somewhat redundant.
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