1st Edition

Spanish in the United States Attitudes and Variation

Edited By Scott M. Alvord, Gregory L. Thompson Copyright 2020
    236 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    236 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Spanish in the United States: Attitudes and Variation is a collection of new, cutting-edge research with the purpose of providing scholars interested in Spanish as it is spoken by bilinguals living in the United States a current view of the state of the discipline.

    This volume is broad and inclusive of the populations studied, methodologies used, and approaches to the linguistic study of Spanish in order to provide scholars with an up-to-date understanding of the complexities of the Spanish(es) spoken in the United States. In addition to this snapshot, this volume stimulates new areas of inquiry and motivates new ways of analyzing the social, linguistic, and educational aspects of what it means to speak Spanish in the United States.



    New Research on Spanish in the United States

    Scott M. Alvord and Gregory L. Thompson, Brigham Young University

    Part 1: Spanish in the United States: Language Attitudes

    Chapter 1

    Language, Contact, and the Negotiation of Identities in a Mixed-Latino Community

    José Esteban Hernández, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley

    Chapter 2

    Perceptions of Spanish(es) in the United States: Mexicans’ Sociophonetic Evaluations of [v] in the Speech of U.S.-based Mexican Immigrants, Heritage Speakers, and Language Learners

    Whitney Chapell, University of Texas, San Antonio

    Chapter 3

    A Socio-Onomastic Study of Spanish Receptive Bilinguals: Attitudes, Ascription and Audience Design

    Maryann Parada, California State University, Bakersfield

    Part 2: Spanish in the United States: Language in Contact

    Chapter 4

    Pro-drop to non-pro-drop: question word order in New York City Caribbean Spanish

    Carolina Barrera-Tobón, DePaul University
    Rocío Raña-Risso, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York

    Chapter 5

    Bare If-Clauses as a Compensatory Politeness Strategy in United States Spanish

    Emily Bernate, St. Edward’s University

    Chapter 6

    The Effect of Level of Instruction, Dialect, and Extended Time Abroad on the L2 Acquisition of Spanish Speech Rhythm: Results and Methodological Concerns

    Brandon M. A. Rogers, Ball State University
    Scott M. Alvord, Brigham Young University

    Doug Porter, University of Minnesota

    Part 3: Spanish in the United States: Heritage Speakers of Spanish

    Chapter 7

    Connecting the Classroom and the Community: Service Learning and the Heritage Language Student

    Gregory L. Thompson, Brigham Young University

    Chapter 8

    Systematizing the Use of the Aspectual Distinction by Level of Proficiency: A Case of Spanish as a Heritage Language

    Laura Valentín-Rivera, Kansas State University
    Earl K. Brown, Brigham Young University

    Chapter 9

    Heritage Speakers, Monolingual Policies, and Spanish Language Maintenance in Kansas

    Rachel E. Showstack and Kelly Guzman, Wichita State University


    Edwin M. Lamboy, The City College of New York (CUNY)


    Scott M. Alvord is Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at Brigham Young University, USA.

    Gregory L. Thompson is Associate Professor of Spanish Pedagogy at Brigham Young University, USA.