ERIC Number: ED045968
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jan
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Intellectuals from the Island.
Fishman, Joshua A.
La Monda Lingvo-Problemo, v2 n4 p1-16 Jan 1970
This article is the result of interviews with 20 members of the Puerto Rican intellectual elite in New York City, including singers, poets, artists, journalists, scholars and organizational leaders. One of the chief purposes of these interviews was to discover in which group of minority group intellectuals the Puerto Ricans can be placed: those who "ideologize (and politicize) the minority culture and its linguistic, literary and festive symbols," or those who attempt to enter as quickly as possible into the mainstream of American culture. Areas covered are: Spanish-English bilingualism; attitudes towards the Spanish spoken in Puerto Rico; sensitivity to varieties and styles of American English, differences between older Puerto Rican intellectuals and younger ones, the question of what is Puerto Rican about a Puerto Rican intellectual, and conflicts between American and Puerto Rican culture. The author finds, among other things, a stable bilingual situation in which each language is fully accepted, a positive feeling with regard to the future of Puerto Ricans and their culture in New York City, and a feeling that Puerto Rican intellectuals are content to stay in New York because it provides "more stimulation, more opportunity, and more freedom than they could find on the Island." (FWB)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Age Differences, Attitudes, Bilingualism, Cultural Differences, Culture Conflict, Interviews, Language Styles, Minority Groups, North American English, Puerto Rican Culture, Puerto Ricans, Spanish
Mouton & Co., P.O, Box 1132, The Hague, The Netherlands ($2.75 per issue)
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Identifiers: New York (New York)