‘Mucho malo for fascisti’: Languages and Transnational Soldiers in the Spanish Civil War

Jorge Marco, Maria Thomas

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Abstract

This article explores the linguistic experiences of transnational soldiers, using the Spanish Civil War as a case study. It argues that the communication difficulties provoked by linguistic diversity within the Republican war effort, and particularly within the International Brigades, caused the high command to move from a utopian, internationalist policy to a more pragmatic approach. The article evaluates the role played by language intermediaries in this evolving policy and in the wider Republican war effort. Finally, it argues that soldiers’ grassroots experiences of language contact forged new linguistic forms which underlined a strong sense of shared purpose and identity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-161
Number of pages23
JournalWar & Society
Volume38
Issue number2
Early online date29 Jan 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 2019

Keywords

  • International Brigades
  • Language contact
  • Language policy
  • Language practice
  • Languages at war
  • Spanish Civil War
  • Transnational soldiers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History

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