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ERIC Number: ED521191
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 248
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-2551-0
Voseo to Tuteo Accommodation among Two Salvadoran Communities in the United States
Sorenson, Travis Doug
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Texas A&M University
This study documents and accounts for maintenance and change in dialectal features of Salvadoran Spanish in the United States, especially "voseo", as opposed to "tuteo", terms signifying the use of the second person singular familiar pronouns vos and tu , with their corresponding verb forms. It compares two distinct Salvadoran populations, one in Washington, D.C., and the other in Houston, Texas. Salvadorans constitute the largest Hispanic group in the nation's capital, while in Houston they are outnumbered by other Hispanics, particularly Mexicans. It was predicted that Salvadorans in Washington, D.C. would maintain "voseo" more and employ "tuteo" less than those in Houston. This sociolinguistic phenomenon is accounted for by Accommodation Theory. Based on previous studies, it was also predicted that male participants would maintain "voseo" more than females due to the covert prestige of this form. To test these hypotheses, data were gathered using three protocols. The first was a questionnaire, with over 100 respondents in each city, on second person singular address forms and social variables. In the second protocol, 10 pairs of subjects in each city engaged in different verbal activities aimed at eliciting direct forms of address. The third protocol involved unstructured home visits with two married couples to observe spontaneous speech. The results supported the hypotheses in some regards more than others. When considering all the protocols, the levels of "voseo" were much lower and those of "tuteo" much higher in both cities than what had been predicted. As expected, "voseo" usage rates in Washington, D.C., were higher than in Houston in the second and third protocols, but "voseo" claiming rates in the first protocol were slightly higher in Houston. Also as expected, in both the first and second protocols there was a significantly higher rate of accommodation to "tuteo" among women than men. The most salient finding from the home visit participant observations was that while there was "voseo" use in Washington, D.C., there was none in Houston, even among those who had previously used it. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia; Texas