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The Genesis of Traditional New Mexican Spanish: The Emergence of a Unique Dialect in the Americas

Israel Sanz / Daniel J. Villa
Published Online: 2015-03-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/shll-2011-1107


The origin of New World Spanish (NWS) is often identified as an original leveled dialect that arose during the earliest moments of Spanish arrival and then spread throughout the Americas. One common denominator in the available accounts of dialect contact and koinéization in NWS is the fact that such studies usually attempt to encompass its evolution as a single process. Perhaps as a consequence of such analytical approaches, little or no reference is commonly made to the possibility that some areas may have followed highly idiosyncratic sociohistorical paths, causing explanatory difficulties for the single leveled dialect approach. In this article we offer an analysis of the genesis of Traditional New Mexican Spanish that suggests the possibility of a variety of NWS that arose independently of others.

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Published Online: 2015-03-20

Published in Print: 2011-09-01

Citation Information: Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, Volume 4, Issue 2, Pages 417–442, ISSN (Online) 2199-3386, ISSN (Print) 1939-0238, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/shll-2011-1107.

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