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The Legal Hypothesis of Creole Genesis: Presence/Absence of Legal Personality, a New Element to the Spanish Creole Debate

Prof. Dr. Sandro Sessarego
University of Texas at Austin
Hispanic Linguistics

The Legal Hypothesis of Creole Genesis: Presence/Absence of Legal Personality, a New Element to the Spanish Creole Debate
When Dec 05, 2016
from 11:15 AM to 12:45 PM
Where FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, Seminar Room
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Contact Phone +49 (0)761 203-97362
Attendees universitätsöffentlich / open to university members
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The origins of the Afro-Hispanic languages of the Americas are extremely intriguing, since it still has to be explained why we do not find creole languages in certain regions of Spanish America, where the socio-demographic conditions for creole languages to emerge appear to have been in place in colonial times. Nowadays, in contrast, we can find such contact varieties in similar former colonies, which were ruled by the British, the French or the Dutch. Several hypotheses have been proposed to account for this situation, but no common consensus has yet been achieved. The current study is aimed at casting new light on this issue by relying on a comparative analysis of slave laws in the Americas. This article highlights the role that legal differences played in shaping colonial societies and the Afro-European languages that developed in the New World.