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The Routledge Handbook of Spanish as a Heritage Language

1st Edition

Edited by Kim Potowski


592 pages

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The Routledge Handbook of Spanish as a Heritage Language brings together contributions from leading linguists, educators and Latino Studies scholars involved in teaching and working with Spanish heritage language speakers.

This state-of-the-art overview covers a range of topics within five broad areas: Spanish in U.S. public life, Spanish heritage language use and systems, educational contexts, Latino studies perspectives and Spanish outside the U.S. 

The Routledge Handbook of Spanish as a Heritage Language addresses for the first time the linguistic, educational and social aspects of heritage Spanish speakers in one volume making it an indispensable reference for anyone working with Spanish as a heritage language.


"Con este volumen, el joven campo del español como lengua heredada alcanza su madurez y consolida su importancia dentro de la lingüística aplicada. Estos 36 estudios, firmados por un extraordinario elenco de expertos, ofrecen análisis desde una multiplicidad de contextos y ángulos, algunos muy novedosos. Potowski ha logrado ensamblar una magnífica obra coral."

Francisco Moreno Fernández, Universidad de Alcalá and Instituto Cervantes at Harvard University

"The breadth of scholarship collected here, including leading researchers in Latino studies, various disciplines of linguistics, and education, is the result of Potowski's vision for these fields to inform each other with the goal of improving circumstances for diasporic Spanish-speaking populations around the world. These analyses push our understandings of critical topics, and many chapters inspire advocacy for marginalized populations. An essential volume."

Norma Mendoza-Denton, University of California Los Angeles

Table of Contents

1.Spanish as a heritage/minority language: A multifaceted look at ten nations

Kim Potowski, The University of Illinois at Chicago

Section 1. Social Issues

2. A Historical view of US Latinidad and Spanish as a Heritage Language

Andrew Lynch, University of Miami

3. Spanish in U.S. Language Policy and Politics

Phillip Carter, Florida International University

4. Spanish language use, maintenance, and shift in the United States

Devin Jenkins, University of Colorado Denver

5. Spanish in Linguistic Landscapes of the U.S.

Jose Franco-Rodríguez, Fayetteville State University

6. Linguistics and Latino studies: Intersections for the advancement of linguistic and social justice

Lourdes Torres, DePaul University

7. Spanish and Identity among [email protected] in the U.S.

Rachel Showstack, Wichita State University

8. Spanish as a Heritage Language and the Negotiation of Race and Intra-Latina/o Hierarchies in the U.S.

Rosalyn Negrón, University of Massachusetts Boston

9. Queering Spanish as a Heritage Language

Holly Cashman, University of New Hampshire & Juan Trujillo, Oregon State University

Section II. Linguistic Issues

10. Morphology, Syntax and Semantics in Spanish as a Heritage Language

Silvina Montrul, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

11. Heritage Spanish Phonetics and Phonology

Rebecca Ronquest, North Carolina State University & Rajiv Rao, University of Wisconsin-Madison

12. The lexicon of Spanish heritage language speakers

Marta Fairclough, University of Houston & Anel Garza, Rice University

13. Heritage Spanish pragmatics

Derrin Pinto, University of St. Thomas

14. Neurolinguistic Approaches to Spanish as a Heritage Language

Harriet Wood Bowden & Bernard Issa, University of Tennessee Knoxville

15. Psycholinguistic Perspectives on heritage Spanish

Jill Jegerski, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

16. Child heritage speakers’ morphosyntax: Rate of acquisition and crosslinguistic influence

Naomi Shin, University of New Mexico

17. Sociolinguistic variation in U.S. Spanish

Rena Torres-Cacoullos & Grant Berry, Pennsylvania State University

18. Spanish dialectal contact in the United States

Daniel Erker, Boston University

19. Understanding and leveraging Spanish heritage speakers’ bilingual practices

Almeida Jacqueline Toribio & Leah Durán, University of Texas at Austin

Section III. Educational Issues

20. Towards the Development of an Analytical Framework for Examining Goals and Pedagogical Approaches in Teaching Language to Heritage Speakers

Guadalupe Valdes, Stanford University & María Luisa Parra, Harvard University

21. Outcomes of Classroom Spanish Heritage Language Instruction

Melissa Bowles, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

22. Critical language awareness and Spanish as a heritage language: Challenging the linguistic subordination of US Latinxs

Jennifer Leeman, George Mason University

23. Differentiated Teaching: A Primer for Heritage and Mixed Classes

Maria Carreira & Claire Chik, National Heritage Language Resource Center, UCLA

24. Key issues in Spanish heritage language program design and administration

Sara Beaudrie, Arizona State University

25. Spanish for the Professions and Community Service Learning: Applications with heritage learners

Ann Abbott, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign & Glenn Martinez, The Ohio State University

26. Spanish heritage speakers studying abroad

Rachel Shively, Northern Illinois University

27. Expanding the multilingual repertoire: Teaching cognate languages to heritage Spanish speakers

Ana Carvalho, University of Arizona & Michael Child, Brigham Young University

28. Developing Spanish in Dual Language Programs: Preschool Through Twelfth Grade

Kathryn Lindholm-Leary, San Jose State University

29. What do we know about U.S. Latino bilingual children’s Spanish literacy development?

Jeannette Mancilla-Martinez, Vanderbilt University

Section IV. Spanish as a minotiry/heritage language outside of the U.S.

30. Spanish in the Antipodes: Diversity and hybridity of Latino/a Spanish speakers in Australia and Aotearoa-New Zealand

Criss Jones Díaz, University of Western Sydney & Ute Walker, Massey University of New Zealand

31. Spanish as a heritage language in Italy

Milin Bonomi, University of Milan & Laura Sanfelici, University of Genova

32. Spanish as a heritage language in Germany

Carmen Ramos Méndez-Sahlender, University of Applied Languages, Munich

33. Spanish as a heritage language in Switzerland

Verónica Sánchez Abchi, University of Fribourg, Switzerland

34. Chilean Spanish speakers in Sweden: Transnationalism, trilingualism, and linguistic systems

Maryann Neilson Parada, California State University, Bakersfield

35. Spanish as a Minority/Heritage Language in Canada and the UK

Martin Guardado, University of Alberta

36. Language issues for US-raised ‘returnees’ in Mexico

Clare Mar-Molinero, University of Southampton

About the Editor

Kim Potowski is Professor of Spanish Linguistics and Director of the Spanish Heritage Language Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA

About the Series

Routledge Spanish Language Handbooks

Routledge Spanish Language Handbooks provide comprehensive and state-of-the-art overviews of topics in Hispanic Linguistics, Hispanic Applied Linguistics and Spanish Language Teaching. Editors are well-known experts in the field. Each volume contains specially-commissioned chapters written by leading international scholars.

Each Handbook includes substantial pieces of research that analyse recent developments in the discipline, both from a theoretical and an applied perspective. Their user-friendly format allows the reader to acquire a panoramic perspective of selected topics in the fields of Spanish language and linguistics.

Published in English or in Spanish, the Handbooks are an indispensable reference tool for undergraduate and postgraduate students, teachers, university lecturers, professional researchers, and university libraries worldwide. They are also valuable teaching resources to accompany textbooks, research publications, or as self-study material. Proposals for the series will be welcomed by the Series Editors.

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