Spanish Speakers in the USA explores the relationship between language and culture both as specific to Latin@s and as a generalizable example of linguistic and cultural diversity. The concept of identity is explored, with special attention to culturally embedded ideas about 'race' and ethnicity, and how language contributes to identity construction. Also addressed are attitudes and beliefs about the Spanish language, and the people who speak it, as they are revealed in online communication, public discourse, films and television. Linguistic consequences of language contact are discussed, showing how so-called 'Spanglish' is both socially significant and linguistically mundane. The final chapter illuminates how the education of Spanish speakers in the USA school system is linked to issues surrounding Latin@ identities and ideologies about Spanish.
Janet M. Fuller is a Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She has done research on many facets of multilingualism, including the social identities and language use of children in Spanish-English bilingual classrooms in the USA.
Acknowledgements Introduction PART I: IDEOLOGIES AND IDENTITIES Chapter One: Language Ideologies and Language Policies Chapter Two: Language and Identity Chapter Three: "Race", Ethnicity and the Language of Latinos in the US Chapter Four: Media Representations of Spanish and Spanish Speakers in US English Language TV and Film: Production and Reproduction of Ideologies Part II: LANGUAGE PRACTICES Chapter Five: Spanish Language Maintenance and Shift in the US Chapter Six: Linguistic Consequences of Spanish-English Bilingualism in the US: Spanglish and Chican@ English Chapter Seven: Latin@ Education in the US Glossary Index