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By Charles E. Holloway

The Brule Dwellers of Ascension Parish are descendants of Canary Island immigrants who got here to Louisiana within the past due 1700s. a number of citizens in and round the Ascension Parish quarter nonetheless communicate an archaic dialect of Spanish that's on the verge of collapse of linguistic extinction. as the Brule dialect is within the ultimate phases of what's generally called “language death”, the case of Brule Spanish offers a thrilling chance to enquire more often than not held assumptions in regards to the structural alterations usually linked to vestigial languages. Its relative isolation from different dialects of Spanish for over 2 hundred years serves as a type of linguistic “time pill” which supplies details that's proper to serious extraordinary matters in Hispanic dialectology and old linguistics. as well as reading those matters, documenting the explicit features of Brule Spanish, and evaluating Brule Spanish with different sleek Spanish dialects, this ebook provides a really obtainable creation to the sector of language demise.

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I was the black sheep of the family. I'm 'on tell you why. Daddy never give [sic] me a nickel. Anything I had grampa gave it to me. Fl stated that she had spoken Spanish with her parents until they died (in the early sixties), and that she has not spoken Spanish with anyone since: (5) No tengo naide pa jablá ehpañol. Mi hijo viva allí, e máh viejo mais no jabla ehpanol. Él no comprenda lo que yo di (digo). [no 'tεn go 'nai-dε pa ha-'bla eh-pa-'nol mi 'i-ho viv a-yí eh mah vi·'ε·ho mε no·'ha·bla eh-pa-'nol no kom'pren-da lo ke yo di] 'I don't have anyone to speak Spanish with.

People stopped speaking Spanish 'cause they think that language not good no more. That's where they're wrong They didn't want to talk Spanish because they thought Spanish stinks. Me, I kept up my language. One such assimilation-resistant semi-speaker, M5, says that some commu­ nity members "crossed over", but he describes his own desire to continue using the Brule dialect. He also makes a very interesting analogy to explain how he and others felt about and dealt with the pressure to stop using Spanish: (11) And why they gave up their good language to cross over I don't know.

Standard Spanish, 'No tengo nadie con quien hablar espanol. Mi hijo vive allí, él es más viejo pero no habla espanol. No comprende lo que yo digo. '). In asking Ml and Fl questions about the language preference of their parents and their siblings, a very interesting question was raised. On different occasions both Ml and Fl asserted without hesitation that, with the exception of Fl's deceased older sister, none of their siblings spoke Spanish. When asked what language their parents spoke at home they both answered (again without hesitation) that their parents spoke only Spanish in the home.

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