This article provides sociohistorical and linguistic information that sheds light on the origin of Chota Valley Spanish (CVS), an Afro-Hispanic language of Northern Ecuador, spoken by the descendants of the slaves who were taken to this region to work on Jesuit plantations during colonial time. Results indicate that CVS was not a 'radical creole' that decreolized over time; rather, it was probably an Afro-Hispanic contact variety that approximated Spanish quite closely from its inception.
Selected Proceedings of the 6th Workshop on Spanish Sociolinguistics
edited by Ana M. Carvalho and Sara Beaudrie
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