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Dialects from Tropical Islands
Caribbean Spanish in the United States

ISBN 9781032176789
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
236 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Dialects from Tropical Islands: Caribbean Spanish in the United States provides a comprehensive account of current research on Caribbean Spanish in the United States from different theoretical perspectives and linguistic areas.

This edited volume highlights current scholarship and linguistic analyses in four major areas relative to Caribbean Spanish in the United States: phonological and phonetic variation, morphosyntactic approaches, sociolinguistic perspectives, and heritage-language acquisition.

This volume will be of interest to linguists and philologists who specialize in Spanish, Caribbean Spanish, Spanish in the United States, or in Romance languages in general.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


List of Contributors


Wilfredo Valentín-Márquez & Melvin González-Rivera

Section 1. Phonetics and Phonology

Rhotic Realizations of the Puerto Rican Community in Western Massachusetts and Puerto Rico

Alba Arias

Differences in the Use of /l/ and /r/ in Two Communities of Puerto Rican Spanish Speakers in the United States

Michelle F. Ramos Pellicia

Laterals in Contact: Miami-Cuban Spanish and English /l/

Brandon M. A. Rogers & Scott M. Alvord

Se comen la [s] pero a veces son muy fisnos: Observations on Coda Sibilant Elision, Retention, and Insertion in Popular Dominican(-American) Spanish

Almeida Jacqueline Toribio & Aris Moreno Clemons

The Sociolinguistic Distribution of Puerto Rican Spanish /r/ in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Wilfredo Valentín-Márquez

Section 2. Morphology and Syntax

Explaining Pronominal Subject Placement Variation across Two Generations of Caribbean Spanish Speakers in New York City

Carolina Barrera-Tobón & Rocío Raña Risso

The Effect of Person on the Subject Expression of Spanish Heritage Speakers

Ana de Prada Pérez & Inmaculada Gómez Soler

Section 3. Sociolinguistic Perspectives

Evidence of Creolized English Grammar in the Spanish of Dominicans on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Daniel S. D’Arpa

Puerto Rican Evaluations of Varieties of Spanish

Eva-María Suárez Büdenbender

Aquí no se cogen las guaguas: Language and Puerto Rican Identity in San Diego

Ana Celia Zentella

Caribbean Spanish Influenced by African-American English: U.S. Afro-Spanish Language and the New U.S. Caribeño Identity

Teresa Satterfield & José R. Benkí, Jr.


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Wilfredo Valentín-Márquez is an assistant professor of Spanish at Millersville University.

Melvin González-Rivera is an associate professor of Spanish at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez.