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By Clare Mar-Molinero, Miranda Stewart (eds.)

This quantity considers the unfold of Spanish at the present time and especially its position within the approaches of globalization. Spanish is usually dominant in touch with different languages. yet how contested is its hegemony and the way a long way does it threaten different languages? How are those different minoritized languages faring in a global of few powerful, international languages?

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By Clare Mar-Molinero, Miranda Stewart (eds.)

This quantity considers the unfold of Spanish at the present time and especially its position within the approaches of globalization. Spanish is usually dominant in touch with different languages. yet how contested is its hegemony and the way a long way does it threaten different languages? How are those different minoritized languages faring in a global of few powerful, international languages?

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Coupland (2003: 468) cites Giddens (1991: 18) in explaining this concept as ‘the “lifting out” of social relations from their local contexts and their rearticulation across indefinite tracts of time-space’. In the case of Spanish, the twin effects of this are hybridity, on the one hand, and homogeneity, on the other. That is to say that Spanish created to address international or global audiences (for example in films, the media, the Internet) is characterized both by a tendency to bring together various regional or national varieties (often those considered ‘non-standard’, and frequently also containing numerous anglicisms) or the opposite effect of aspiring to an exaggerated neutral, form of the language bereft of any regional or national traces.

El País, 7 April 2002) (No Credit Bad or good Credit everyone will recieve the polite attention they decerve Here in Broadway Toyota Pleaze for an appointment talk to # … Ask For Mr. NoeENriquez Who will be at your service helping the Hispanic community. ) After quoting the ad, Lázaro added: Un paisano que ha estado en semejante lugar me envía una página con ese aborto de final tan patético, para no tener que creerlo a pura fe. ¿Quién está interesado en mantener a muchos hispanos en tanta indigencia mental?

Amongst the vast literature on the relationship between language and nationalism, see, for example, Barbour and Carmichael (2000); Mar-Molinero (2000); May (2001); Wright (2004). For a detailed discussion of language spread and the creation of the Spanishspeaking world, see Sánchez and Dueñas (2002). In commenting on this earlier, I have written (Mar-Molinero, 2004: 8–9) ‘Estimates as to how many people speak Spanish inevitably vary, reflecting the unreliability of many language censuses. It is essential to treat statistics reporting numbers of speakers of languages with enormous care given the potential ambiguities that such censuses may contain, arising from the nature of the questions asked.

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