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The value of post-colonial Spanish and the ideologies of pride and profit (Vortrag)

DateMonday, 27th February 2017
LocationKollegienhaus, HS 114, Petersplatz 1, Basel

veranstalter: Prof. Dr. José del Valle (City University of New York)
ansprechpartner: Philipp Dankel
institution: HPSL
language: Englisch
location institution: Basel
date_raw: 27. Februar 2017, 18:00h-20:00h
date_sort: 27.02.2017, 00:00:00

The value of post-colonial Spanish and the ideologies of pride and profit


In this lecture, I will define post-colonial Spanish and discuss its development between the early nineteenth century and the present. I will focus, in particular, on the metalinguistic discourses deployed by different glottopolitical actors who compete over control of the language´s value as a symbol of national or ethnic identity (what Alexandre Duchêne and Monica Heller refer to as the ideology of pride) and as an asset in global linguistic markets (what D&H refer to as the ideology of profit). I will conclude by assessing, on the basis of evidence produced by the study of post-colonial Spanish, the explanatory power of the pride and profit framework.


About José del Valle:

José del Valle is Professor of Linguistics and Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). He received his Ph.D. in 1994 from Georgetown University, USA, and taught at Miami University (Ohio) and Fordham University (Bronx) before he joined CUNY in 2002. He has held visiting positions at the University of Virginia and Princeton University, and taught short seminars at various universities in Venezuela, Brazil, Spain, Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico and the UK. His publications include El trueque s/x en español antiguo. Aproximaciones teóricas(Max Niemeyer Verlag, 1996), which deals with issues of Spanish socio-historical linguistics and language change theory, The Battle Over Spanish Between 1800 and 2000: Language Ideologies and Hispanic Intellectuals (co-edited with Luis Gabriel-Stheeman; Routledge, 2002), which studies the post-colonial linguistic construction of national and pan-Hispanic identities in Spain and Latin America, La lengua ¿patria común? Ideas e ideologías del español (Vervuert / Iberamericana, 2007), which discusses, from a language-ideological perspective, the contemporary politics of Panhispanism, and A political history of Spanish: the making of a language which was published by Cambridge University Press in June 2013. In 2010 he received the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.