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Registers of African-derived lexicon in Uruguay: etymologies, demography and semantic change
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Romance Studies and Classics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4223-6084
(English)In: Zeitschrift für Romanische Philologie, ISSN 0049-8661, E-ISSN 1865-9063Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
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The present paper deals with 82 words of possible African origin registered in Uruguay by Ildefonso Pereda Valdés and Rolando Laguarda Trías between 1937 and 1965. Many of the lexical items were probably introduced by enslaved Africans brought to the region during the 18th and 19th centuries. Evidence shows that most of the words are apparently shared with varieties of Spanish outside the Rio de la Plata region, and most of them also appear in neighboring Argentina and Brazil. Furthermore, the African-derived lexicon is often used to denominate the ‘other’ with respect to people and social behaviors, and most of these loanwords are nouns with possible origins in Bantu languages spoken in West-Central Africa, which corresponds to the available demographic data.

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Africanisms, lexicon, Spanish, Bantu languages, Uruguay, Laguarda Trías, Pereda Valdés
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-155928OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-155928DiVA, id: diva2:1202846
Available from: 2018-05-01 Created: 2018-05-01 Last updated: 2018-05-01

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