ERIC Number: ED060159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Overlapping Influence in the English of Second Generation Puerto Rican Teenagers in Harlem. Final Report.
Wolfram, Walt; And Others
This research is an attempt to determine the relative influence of Black English and Puerto Rican Spanish in the speech of Puerto Ricans raised contiguous to the black community in Harlem. The first chapter provides a general introduction to the study of this variety of Puerto Rican English and a description of the sample on which this study is based. In Chapter Two, a general socio-cultural picture of various aspects of the Puerto Rican community is given, particularly as it relates to the surrounding black community. A number of selected variables in Puerto Rican English are examined in Chapter Three, building on the descriptive framework of variable rules in generative-transformational grammar. Chapter Four deals with the assimilation of linguistic features from Black English in three groups within the continuum of second generation Puerto Rican speakers in Harlem. The final chapter consists of a nontechnical description of the differences between Puerto Rican English and Standard English among second generation Puerto Ricans in Harlem, intended as a practical guide for educators who want to know some of the main characteristics of the dialect without the formalization or detail that is involved in the third chapter. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Cooperative Research Program.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: New York (Harlem); New York (New York)