Dialect Death

The case of Brule Spanish

| Northeast Louisiana University
ISBN 9789027241191 (Eur) | EUR 105.00
ISBN 9781556195471 (USA) | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027282743 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
The Brule Dwellers of Ascension Parish are descendants of Canary Island immigrants who came to Louisiana in the late 1700s. A few residents in and around the Ascension Parish area still speak an archaic dialect of Spanish which is at the brink of linguistic extinction. Because the Brule dialect is in the final stages of what is commonly known as “language death”, the case of Brule Spanish presents an exciting opportunity to investigate commonly held assumptions regarding the structural changes often associated with vestigial languages. Its relative isolation from other dialects of Spanish for over two hundred years serves as a sort of linguistic “time capsule” which provides information that is relevant to critical outstanding issues in Hispanic dialectology and historical linguistics. In addition to examining these issues, documenting the specific characteristics of Brule Spanish, and comparing Brule Spanish with other modern Spanish dialects, this book presents a very accessible introduction to the field of language death.
[Studies in Bilingualism, 13]  1997.  x, 220 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Figures
List of Tables
Organization of the Study
History of the Brule Dwellers
Language Death
Social Factors
Summary and Conclusions
Author Index
Subject Index
“Holloway's in-depth and extensive documentation of Brule Spanish provides a valuable contribution not only to the area of language death phenomena, but also to the area of historical linguistics, in the references made to changes which have taken place in the dialect transportation to Louisiana from the Canary Islands, and to the area of Hispanic dialectology, in the author's detailed linguistic analysis of the Brule Dialect, and in the comparisons he makes with other Spanish dialects.
General information on language death, with references to primary scholars and works in this area, together with the place occupied by the specific case of the death of the Brule dialect within the general framework of language death, makes this book a viable option on Hispanic dialectology.”
“As a study of language death, Holloway's volume describes a classic example of the decline of a minority language in the United States. It is an excellent, and probably the last, source of information on this dying language.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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