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Varieties of Spanish in the United States

ISBN-10: 1589012135
ISBN-13: 9781589012134
Edition: 2008
Authors: John M. Lipski
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Description: Thirty-three million people in the United States speak some variety of Spanish, making it the second most used language in the country. Some of these people are recent immigrants from many different countries who have brought with them the  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 9/24/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

Thirty-three million people in the United States speak some variety of Spanish, making it the second most used language in the country. Some of these people are recent immigrants from many different countries who have brought with them the linguistic traits of their homelands, while others come from families who have lived in this country for hundreds of years. John M. Lipski traces the importance of the Spanish language in the United States and presents an overview of the major varieties of Spanish that are spoken there. Varieties of Spanish in the United States providesin a single volumeuseful descriptions of the distinguishing characteristics of the major varieties, from Cuban and Puerto Rican, through Mexican and various Central American strains, to the traditional varieties dating back to the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries found in New Mexico and Louisiana. Each profile includes a concise sketch of the historical background of each Spanish-speaking group; current demographic information; its sociolinguistic configurations; and information about the phonetics, morphology, syntax, lexicon, and each group's interactions with English and other varieties of Spanish. Lipski also outlines the scholarship that documents the variation and richness of these varieties, and he probes the phenomenon popularly known as "Spanglish." The distillation of an entire academic career spent investigating and promoting the Spanish language in the United States, this valuable reference for teachers, scholars, students, and interested bystanders serves as a testimony to the vitality and legitimacy of the Spanish language in the United States. It is recommended for courses on Spanish in the United States, Spanish dialectology and sociolinguistics, and teaching Spanish to heritage speakers.

Introduction
The Importance of Spanish in the United States
Overview of Scholarship on Spanish in the United States
Spanish, English, or ... Spanglish?
Mexican Spanish in the United States
Cuban Spanish in the United States
Puerto Rican Spanish in the United States
Dominican Spanish in the United States
Central American Spanish in the United States
Salvadoran Spanish in the United States
Nicaraguan Spanish in the United States
Guatemalan and Honduran Spanish in the United States
Traditional Varieties: New Mexico and Louisiana
Language Mixing and Code Switching
References
Index

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