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Spanglish, an identity-based discourse strategy of Latino community to respond to segregation through language

Abstract : This research project aims to study the nature of Spanglish as an identity-based discourse strategy from Latino community to respond to segregation through language. To do so, we analyze three corpus, a literary translation, a book and a podcast, that use the Spanglish derived from Mexican and Puerto Rican varieties of Spanish (the equivalent of ―Spanglish standard variety‖ if it were a language itself), in agreement with the historical, social and political background of Latin American immigrants in the United States. There is also an analysis of linguistic constraints and principles of codeswitching based on the criteria established by Shana Poplack (1981). Although Spanglish is primarily based on oral communication, it should not be considered a patois or an argot. We found that it is indeed a discourse strategy chosen by Latino bilingual individuals that reveals both a hybrid cultural identity and a desire for differentiation. Far from being an interlanguage for recently arrived Hispanic immigrants wanting to learn English, Spanglish is an informal way of speaking marked by the deliberate and spontaneous mix of Spanish and English that implies a mark of resistance from a minority that assumes itself as bilingual and bicultural, for whom language mixing represents their sense of belonging to both cultures. It also turns out to be a vector of social cohesion that fosters cultural attachment and sense of identification within the Latino community throughout generations. On a linguistic level, Spanglish proves to be a particularly creative, sophisticated and coherent hybrid code, governed by the principles of lexical and morphosyntactic juxtaposition of both languages.
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Alexis Barrios Pardo. Spanglish, an identity-based discourse strategy of Latino community to respond to segregation through language. Literature. 2021. ⟨dumas-03333873⟩



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