ERIC Number: ED123915
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: 0
Language Attitudes towards Spanish among Mexican-American College Students.
Sole, Yolanda R.
This study is an attempt to explore systematically language attitudes among the younger and more socially mobile Mexican Americans, to determine what linguistic and demographic variables are correlated with differential language attitudes, and to ascertain to what extent, if any, attitudinal commitment to Spanish correlates with behavioral commitment to Spanish maintenance. The sample population was composed of 164 students of Mexican descent enrolled at the University of Texas, Austin. Generally speaking, attitudinal language loyalty among the respondents was high, with negative attitudes based exclusively on pragmatic considerations. Attitudinal language loyalty does not, however, necessarily correlate with behavioral commitment to it, as behavioral commitment to language loyalty appears to be primarily a function of linguistic ability, rather than of overt attitudinal orientation, whether the latter be sustained by instrumental, ideological, or affective considerations. While Mexican-American college students favor Spanish language maintenance, they do not belittle the functional needs for English, and they are highly conscious of the potential or actual difficulties that ensue not only from limited English proficiency but from accented English as well. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, College Students, Language Attitudes, Language Maintenance, Language Research, Language Usage, Mexican Americans, Negative Attitudes, Social Attitudes, Sociolinguistics, Spanish Speaking, Student Attitudes
School of Education, San Diego State University, San Diego, California 92182
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Southwest Linguistic Workshop; To appear in "Proceedings of the Southwest Linguistics Workshop," ed. Reyes Mazon, School of Education, San Diego State University