IntroductionSpanish in the Amazon region
Some preliminaries on its status and geographical extension
This opening chapter offers the reader an introduction to Spanish in the Amazon. The vast linguistic diversity found in this region of South America has received much scholarly interest. However, the Spanish varieties that have resulted from language contact and a myriad of sociolinguistic factors have only recently begun to be documented. The enclosed chapters in this volume explore these emerging linguistic features and add to what is known of variation and change in the Spanish-speaking world.