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Dialects from Tropical Islands Caribbean Spanish in the United States

    236 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    236 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    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


    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.



    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.