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ERIC Number: EJ1018356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Sep
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2133
"Spanglish" and Identity within and outside the Classroom
Dumitrescu, Domnita
Hispania, v96 n3 p436-437 Sep 2013
The session that the AATSP organized at this year's MLA Convention in Boston (held on January 4, 2013) was dedicated to a topic that has been the object of constant debate in the past decades: the use of "Spanglish" as a marker of identity among US Latinos. The author states that she puts "Spanglish" into quotation marks because the term is controversial and is best to be avoided. However, since it is widely used in the US discourse in both academic and nonacademic environments, the author included it in the call for papers so that potential presenters knew what it was that she expected them to focus on. It was tacitly understood that the presenters were going to refer to what one of the authors calls the "various linguistic strategies that characterize what is commonly referred to as 'Spanglish'; namely code-switching, code-mixing, borrowings and other language contact phenomena commonly employed by... bilinguals" (Sanchez-Munoz). This article describes three presentations in this session that addressed the issue of "Spanglish" from a variety of perspectives. Robert Train from Sonoma State University introduced the audience to the early nineteenth-century California and the bilingual language practices of some prominent Anglo immigrants to Mexican Los Angeles, and how they used code-switching as a powerful communicative resource. Ana Sanchez-Munoz from California State University-Northridge examined the functions and use of "Spanglish" in creative pieces of writing produced by second-generation Chicana/o (and other Latina/o) college students in a class of Spanish for Heritage Speakers. Finally, the third presentation by Regan L. Postma from The College of Idaho raised the important issue of the use of bilingual texts in literature courses as a means of engaging students in dialogues considering "larger issues of language, culture and identity such as the dynamic and contextual nature of language, the politics and power of language choice, and the creative possibilities of negotiating linguistically and culturally in multiple and hybrid rather than in singular modes."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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