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U.S. Mexican Spanish West of the Mississippi
Social Context and Linguistic Features

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ISBN 9781032531526
July 28, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
240 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

U.S. Mexican Spanish West of the Mississippi proposes a macro dialect of the most widely spoken Spanish variety in the western U.S. from a number of social and linguistic angles. This book is unique in its focus on this one variety of Spanish, which allows for a closer investigation of the social context and linguistic features through a number of different topics. Comprised of 13 chapters divided into two sections, this textbook provides insight into the history, demographics, migration, and social issues of U.S. Mexican Spanish in the first section and its lexicography, phonology, and structure in the second.

Useful for scholars interested in Spanish in the U.S., dialectology, and sociolinguistics, this is also an ideal resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate students of Spanish.

Table of Contents

Part I. Social contexts

1. Introduction

2. U.S. Mexican Spanish West of the Mississippi

3. A (very) brief history of migration: The spread of Spanish speakers

4. Identity: What is in a name?

5. U.S. Mexican Spanish speakers: Race, power and language

6. Language policy and planning

7. Bilingual dynamics: Spanish and English in contact in the West

Part II. Linguistic perspectives

8. Thinking about how we think: The relationship between theory and practice

9. The lexicon: Part I

10. The lexicon: Part II

11. Phonology

12. Language structure

13. Concluding remarks

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Daniel J. Villa is Professor Emeritus of Spanish Linguistics at New Mexico State University, U.S.A. His primary research interests are in Spanish of the Southwest, U.S. Spanish, language maintenance and loss, and Spanish for Native and Heritage Speakers.

Jens H. Clegg is Associate Professor of Spanish Linguistics at Purdue University Fort Wayne, U.S.A. His research interests include U.S. Spanish, language contact, bilingualism, and sociolinguistics.