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Boletín de filología

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CONTRERAS OYARZUN, Constantino. Oral Spanish in a contact area. Boletín de Filología [online]. 2009, vol.44, n.2, pp.39-63. ISSN 0718-9303.

This is a dialectal variation study of the Spanish language spoken in a Southern area of Chile, a dialectal variety whish is characterized by its: a) colateral geographical nature vis a vis the urban centers; b) constant contact with mapudungun (the language of the mapuche people). The variations are observed in oral texts -essentially narrative ones- taken directly from adult peasants who are either Spanish monolinguals or Spanish-mapudungun bilinguals. Our analysis while including different levels of linguistic structures has facilitated the verifying of some form usages coming from mapudungun, as well a finding similarities and differences between both groups of speakers.

Keywords : dialectology; geographical variation; languages in contact; mapuche influence on Chilean Spanish.

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