A Sociohistorical and Dialectological Account
Chapter 2: The concept of Andean Spanish and the language history of the North Peruvian Andes
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The concept of Andean Spanish and the language history of the North Peruvian Andes
This study contemplates a problem that has both dialectological and sociohistorical aspects, given that its first objective is dialectal in nature – specifically, to demonstrate that the Spanish varieties of the predominantly Culle substrate in the northern Andes of Peru constitute a well-articulated group. While this group shares features with the southern and south-central Andean Spanish that is based on Quechua and Aymara, it is also distinct from it due to a series of phenomena contained within the language group’s own logic and historic organization. The second objective is historical – namely, it involves seeking an explanation through a review of the historical context in which this Spanish has developed in order to understand the particular configuration of this variety. In this chapter I will convey how some dialectological and historical sociolinguistic categories and approaches have been applied in Peru through a brief historical review of the study of Peruvian Spanish in the twentieth century. Subsequently, I will outline the state of the matter concerning linguistic investigation in the analyzed region.
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