Keynote by Dr. Danae Perez
We are proud that The Ohio State University has invited Danae to give a keynote about her research at this year’s conference on Spanish and Portuguese linguistics!
On the loss of Afro-Hispanic varieties and what they have to tell us
Over two decades ago, McWhorter (2000) claimed that no Spanish-based creole language had emerged in the Atlantic area. In response to this claim, several Afro-Hispanic varieties have been documented and classified, yet only one of them seems to be McWhorter’s “missing Spanish creole”: Afro-Yungueño Spanish. In this lecture, I will outline the debates around Spanishbased creoles and use Afro-Yungueño’s social and structural history as an example to show how debasilectalization (Siegel 2010) has shaped both the history as well as the documentation of Afro-Hispanic varieties. My aim is to explore to what extent Spanish contact varieties and the debates around them are unique in the realm of contact linguistics.
Saturday, March 13, 2021
9:00 AM – Eastern Standard Time