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ERIC Number: EJ883150
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1534-8458
"The Second Language of the United States": Youth Perspectives on Spanish in a Changing Multiethnic Community
Paris, Django
Journal of Language, Identity, and Education, v9 n2 p139-155 2010
How do youth view Spanish in our changing multiethnic urban schools and communities? In this article I explore this question by analyzing the perspectives and social interactions of students in an urban charter high school located in a community undergoing dramatic demographic shift from a predominantly African American city to a predominantly Latino/a city with a significant Pacific Islander population. Working from ethnographic and social language data collected over a school year with 8 focus students and their peer groups, I show how Spanish was understood as a tool of solidarity and exclusion, reinforcing ethnic division is positive and painful ways. I also show how African American and Pacific Islander youth desired access to Spanish and used words and phrases in important ways with their Latino/a peers. I conclude by discussing how education could utilize these findings to foster language learning and interethnic relationship in our shifting communities and schools. (Contains 9 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States