ERIC Number: ED152063
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The Sociolinguistic Situation of Bilingual Chicano Adolescents in a California Border Town.
Aguirre, Adalberto, Jr.
The goal of this study is to describe the sociolinguistic situation of a small group of bilingual Chicano adolescents residing in a California border town. This report is the first stage in a research project into the social dimensions of language use within the Chicano speech community, and the first phase of a cumulative research strategy in Chicano sociolinguistics. The central concern of the report is to examine the association between the reported language use of these adolescents for given social situations and their language dominance. A total of 75 students, 33 males and 42 females, in the ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades participated in the study. The relationship between linguistic proficiency and language use was investigated by means of the Bilingual Syntax Measure II, and language usage was investigated by means of a sociolinguistic questionnaire. Maintenance of and loyalty to the Spanish language were found to be very high for the subjects. Specifically, results show that: (1) linguistic dominance and language use are closely associated; (2) there is a high level of Spanish language use in the family; and (3) there is widespread use of Spanish language mass media. (CLK)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Bilingual Students, Bilingualism, Cultural Influences, English, High School Students, Language Attitudes, Language Dominance, Language Maintenance, Language Proficiency, Language Research, Language Role, Language Usage, Mexican Americans, News Media, Social Influences, Sociocultural Patterns, Sociolinguistics, Spanish, Spanish Americans
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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