ERIC Number: ED227686
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Chicano Spanish: Cross Hispanic Language Attitudes toward Specific Lexical Items.
Giron, Robert LeRoy
A study was undertaken to gather attitudes of Spanish-speakers toward specific types of Chicano Spanish dialect lexical items. Reactions were randomly taken from 11 Latin American students who attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale during the 1975 spring semester; 20 Mexican residents of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, who attended English as a second language classes at El Paso Community College during the 1977 spring semester; and 20 Chicanos of El Paso who attended El Paso Community College during the 1977 spring semester. The respondents were asked to react to lexical items in a bilingual list of sentences and to provide a synonym to the lexical item. They were then asked questions designed to evaluate their linguistics sensitivity or awareness. They were also given a personal data sheet. The data collected demonstrated that both Mexicans and Chicanos recognize a Chicano Spanish dialect. The responses clearly show Chicano Spanish to be stigmatized by Mexicans, whereas Latin Americans are more receptive to this dialect. Chicanos appear willing to accept and use the dialect although some socio-linguistic stigma is associated with it. (Author/AMH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Chicano Studies
Note: Revised version of a paper read at the Annual Conference of the National Association for Chicano Studies (10th, Tempe, AZ, March 1982).