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ERIC Number: ED454526
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Pages: 21
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The Languages U.S. Latino Literature Speaks.
Aranda, Lucia V.
Of the bilinguals in the United States, 22 million are Spanish-English speakers. Spanish-English bilinguals have been producing literature in Spanish, in English, and gradually in mixtures of both languages from the earliest days of contact in the U.S. This paper explores manifestations and meanings of Spanish-English bilingualism in Latino literature and the sense of otherness that it expresses and that derives from it. The paper states that literary codeswitching in U.S. Latino literature--that is, the use of more than one language in a text--are choices the writer makes and that many instances are due to the need to reflect the immigrant experience. And it further states that Hispanic literature has produced the most varied and consistently codeswitched literature in the United States, although Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, and Cuban Americans all vary in the extent of their literary codeswitching. The main part of the paper considers diverse examples of literary codeswitching in Latino literature. According to the paper, there are many references to cultural separateness as a consequence of linguistic otherness in Latino literature. As a final point, the paper turns to the question of readership and codeswitching, and ventures a division of U.S. Latino literature into two main groups: a smaller one which would include non-Spanish-English bilinguals; and a larger one which would include English monolinguals. It calls for the elimination of the monolingual illusion of the Anglo-American canon. Contains a 28-item bibliography. (NKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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