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Linguistic change and social transformation

The spread of tuteo in Restoration Spain and the Second Republic (1875–1939)

From the book Address in Portuguese and Spanish

  • Isabel Molina Martos

The spread of tuteo in Restoration Spain and the Second Republic (1875–1939)

10.1515/9783110701234.

Abstract

This chapter investigates the spread of tuteo in a period of constant innovations which broke with hitherto apparently invulnerable social conventions. This spirit of innovation emerged at a particular moment in Spain’s social and political history which was marked by far-reaching social upheavals: the Restoration (1875-1931), the Second Republic (1931-1936) and the Civil War (1936- 1939). An analysis of an extensive corpus of private letters written between 1875 and 1939, expressing relations of friendship and affection, shows when and how changes occurred in the parameters of power and solidarity in dealings between interlocutors from the same social group and generation.

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