St Martin's 2013
9780312656027   Product Code: 23888
Spanish is the official language of 21 countries on two continents - and the unofficial second language of the United States. But how did a quirky dialect spoken by remote cattle farmers gain such widespread popularity? The authors investigate the mesh of cultural influences that created the modern language, from ancient Celts and Phoenicians to today's hugely popular telenovelas. They also describe the development of 'Spanglish' and efforts to produce a standard form of the language that can be understood internationally.