Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Ph.D. in Hispanic Philology from the University of Deusto and currently works at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). He is also a corresponding member of various American language academies (Mexico, Ecuador, Honduras, and Guatemala). His research focuses on the history of Spanish, particularly in the American context.
The role of Language contact in lexical identity: Indigenous terms in Philippino Spanish in the 19th. Century
As of today, the history of the Spanish language spoken in the Philippines remains an unfinished task, despite its evident importance for a better understanding of the historical dialectology of this language. Building upon this assessment, the present work aims to contribute with new data about 19th-century Filipino vocabulary through the analysis of indigenous elements found in the glossary of the Filipino Vademecum or Spanish-Tagalog Family Conversation Manual (Manila: C. Miralles, 1874) by V. M. Abella. This work is particularly intriguing as it compiles terms commonly used in Manila during the latter part of the 1800s. Therefore, after extracting all loans originating from Asian and American sources in the work, they will be studied in relation to the sociohistorical circumstances that shape the lexicon of this variety. Additionally, a specific analysis will be conducted regarding the significance of these elements – and, by extension, language contact – in terms of dialectalizing the Spanish language in the Philippines and endowing it with the strong identity that it currently exhibits at this linguistic level.