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Spanish in the United States
Attitudes and Variation

ISBN 9780367256845
Published April 15, 2020 by Routledge
236 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents



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)

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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.