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Boletín de la Academia Peruana de la Lengua

Print version ISSN 0567-6002On-line version ISSN 2708-2644


MAIRENA URIARTE, Rosa Amanda. Linguistic attitudes of Spanish speaking people in Managua and Masaya compared to the varieties of Central American Spanish. Bol. Acad. peru. leng. [online]. 2021, n.70, pp.63-95.  Epub Dec 02, 2021. ISSN 0567-6002.

The purpose of this study is to identify the linguistic attitudes of Spanish speaking people in Managua and Masaya towards the six varieties of Central American Spanish: the Spanish of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. From a mentalistic approach, based on the responses to the productions of the informants of each country, we analyze cognitive and affective aspects of the linguistic attitudes of the citizens of Masaya and Managua. Among the relevant results, regarding the cognitive aspect of linguistic attitudes, we observe that the respondents know their own linguistic variety and that of Costa Rica, while they do not know the Spanish variety of El Salvador. With respect to the affective component, a favorable linguistic attitude towards the Central American varieties of Spanish is expressed, with the exception of Guatemalan. However, the majority would not use these varieties of Spanish.

Keywords : Language attitudes; Central American Spanish varieties; Sociolinguistics.

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