ERIC Number: ED232444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Learner Continuums and Speech Communities.
Papers in Linguistics: International Journal of Human Communication, v14 n2 p155-196 1981
A method for analyzing acquisition-like patterns in the English consonants used by Spanish-English bilinguals is presented which allows a distinction to be made between individual and group phenomena. An analysis of a bilingual community in southern Texas shows that there is a continuum of use of the standard English consonants not occurring in Spanish in both individual and social use. In addition, style shifting of a different type than is usually delineated in sociolinguistic analyses was observed. It is argued that a definition of a speech community must be broad enough to encompass communities like the one analyzed even though many speakers may show a variety of acquisition-like forms, and that different types of varieties and communities may require different analytical techniques. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Linguistic Research, Inc., Edmonton (Alberta).
Identifiers: Speech Community; Texas