The language of the Argentines: between Borges and Bordelois

  • Ewa Stala Jagiellonian University
Keywords: Spanish of Argentina, National Language, Ecolinguistics, Linguistic Policy, Verbal Hygiene

Abstract

This article presents two visions of the Argentinian national language: one of the emblematic and historical figure of the Argentinian literature, Jorge Luis Borges, the other, more contemporary, of the Argentinian linguist, poet and essay writer Ivonne Bordelois. Beyond the remarkable coincidences and differences highlighted not only by intellectual but also historical questions, the comparison is also a source of controversy over the character, form and role of any national language. The theoretical basis of this work are the ideas of Einar Haugen, i.e. the ecology of language, linguistic planning and linguistic policy.

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Author Biography

Ewa Stala, Jagiellonian University

Profesora titular en el Instituto de Filología Románica de la Universidad Jaguelónica. Autora de 4 monografías y unos 40 artículos. Se especializa en la lingüística histórica (tanto en la gramática histórica como la historia del léxico español y la lexicografía histórica) y en el español de América, con énfasis en el área del Río de la Plata.

Published
2017-12-07
How to Cite
StalaE. (2017). The language of the Argentines: between Borges and Bordelois. Verba Hispanica, 25(1), 133-146. https://doi.org/10.4312/vh.25.1.133-146
Section
Linguistics