"The Spanish Language Today" describes the varied and changing Spanish language at the end of the twentieth century. As conflicting forces work towards the unification and fragmentation of both Peninsular and Latin American Spanish, this book examines where Spanish is spoken on a global scale as well as the status of Spanish within the realms of politics, education and media, with particular reference to the English-only movement in the US. The book also examines the standardization of Spanish and the specific areas of linguistic variation and change, including the effects of language contact on Spanish which is spoken widely in contexts of bi- and multilingualism. Supported throughout by extracts from contemporary press and literary sources, "The Spanish Language Today" provides a comprehensive overview of the varieties of the Spanish language today and is essential for students of the modern Spanish language.
"This is an impressive volume because Stuart manages to assemble in a very concise and understandable format, a diverse body of contemporary socio-linguistic processes, data, and trends in the Spanish language. It is truly an indispensable reference and it would be an ideal textbook for the advanced Spanish curriculum."
-Language Problems and Language Planning
"The book's main strength is the breadth of the topics covered, a range consdierably wider than found in other books on Spanish language usage and variation."
-Language in Society
..."a lively and valuable addition to the bookshelf of students and teachers in Spanish studies. It is quite unprecedented in the topics it covers and in the authenticity of the materials on which it draws. This book is highly accessible and useful."
-Ralph Penny, University of London