Afro-Bolivian Spanish. (Lengua y Sociedad en el Mundo by John Lipski

By John Lipski

Highland Bolivia, identified in colonial instances as Alto Perú, used to be the location of the earliest immense importation of African slaves in Spanish the US. regardless of the hardships of colonial slavery and demographic assimilation, a small yet identifiable Afro-Bolivian inhabitants often called Yungas stay in that zone this day. In a number of remoted Yungas groups, a restructured Afro-Hispanic language survives along modern Spanish, obviously representing a survival of the pidginized Spanish as soon as spoken via African-born slaves (bozales) in colonial Spanish the United States. in response to large fieldwork within the Afro-Bolivian groups, this publication offers a close description of this distinct and interesting Afro-Bolivian dialect. In so doing, it highlights the significance of Yungas speech to Spanish dialect in addition to creole studies.

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