Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Spanish and Portuguese in Contact Outside Europe: An Introduction to this Volume

Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (2020), 97, (1), 1–10.


Spanish and Portuguese in Contact Outside Europe: An Introduction to this Volume MIRIAM BOUZOUITA Ghent University and LAURA ÁLVAREZ LÓPEZ Stockholm University  Since the colonial expansion of the Spanish and Portuguese empires, many typologically different languages have come into contact with Spanish and Portuguese in a wide range of geographical, historical and sociocultural settings. This special issue brings together various contributions that focus on such postcolonial contact situations and their linguistic outcomes outside of Europe.1 A variety of different linguistic aspects of these language contact situations are studied empirically in this volume. These include particular case studies of contactinduced change at different language levels, including the syntax and intonation system, (i) in Spanish and Portuguese varieties spoken outside Europe (e.g. in the Americas, Africa, Asia), (ii) in indigenous languages with which these IberoRomance languages have come into contact, and (iii) in Spanish- and Portugueselexified creoles. Apart from providing novel empirical data, this thematic volume also offers theoretical insights as several issues surrounding language contact are addressed, such as the formal constraints on borrowability and grammaticalization. The volume comprises, apart from this introduction, which offers a preliminary overview, five articles that reflect contact situations with Spanish and Portuguese in the Americas (Anthony Grant; Melanie Uth and Rodrigo ­Gutiérrez-Bravo; Rita Gonçalves), in Africa (Rita Gonçalves; Anna Jon-And, Juanito Ornelas de Avelar and Laura Álvarez López), and in Asia (Eeva Sippola and Marivic Lesho). The first paper by Anthony Grant, explores the intense contact situation between Spanish and a Western Nahua / Nawa variety found in San Pedro Jícora and San 1 All contributions, except the paper by Anna Jon-And, Juanito Ornelas de Avelar and Laura Álvarez López have been presented at the Ibero-Romance in Contact and Contrast conference, held at Ghent University in December 2015. BHS 97.1 (2020) https://doi.org/10.3828/bhs.2020.1

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