ERIC Number: EJ1061252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: 34
Languages in Contact, Cultures in Conflict: English and Spanish in the USA
Valdeón, Roberto A.
Language and Intercultural Communication, v15 n3 p313-323 2015
This introductory article examines how the papers in this special issue of "Language and Intercultural Communication" illustrate some of the many controversies relating to the immersion of the ever-increasing number of Hispanics into American culture, covering topics such as Spanish/English codeswitching, Spanglish, the varieties of Spanish used in US classrooms, legal and medical settings, and literature. The author traces the construction of a negative narrative of Spanish and Hispanics in the US and examines how it developed through time. He goes on to explain how the papers in this issue also exemplify the dynamic nature of an ever-evolving society where world languages and cultures meet, interact and change. He concludes that in the US, English and Spanish are in constant contact, but also in frequent conflict (and have been for centuries), but the papers in this volume demonstrate that, in the twenty-first century, the American dream is also a multilingual and multicultural dream, and that often bilinguals can be torn between different identities.
Descriptors: Spanish, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Code Switching (Language), Intercultural Communication, Bilingualism, Self Concept, Language Variation, Multilingualism, Cultural Pluralism, Hispanic Americans, Culture Conflict, Court Litigation, Health Services, Translation, Social Change
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