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Mexican American English: Language Shifts by Immigrant Groups

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November 15, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

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The NC State Department of English Speakers Series presents “Mexican American English as a Template for Language Shifts by Immigrant Groups” by Erik Thomas

Abstract from Erik Thomas: 

Increasing numbers of studies are examining how communities of immigrants around the world undergo language shift when they occupy subordinate positions in the society of their new home.  A great deal of this research is occurring in Europe, although other parts of the world have also provided illuminating studies. The longest-studied example, however, is Mexican Americans and, to a lesser extent, other Latino groups in the United States. Nevertheless, Latino American studies have never been linked extensively with studies of immigrant groups elsewhere in the world. With several colleagues, I examined a large number of variables in a majority Mexican American community in Texas.  The large number of variables allows a relatively balanced picture of the divisions within the community to emerge and, thus, a broad picture of how the Mexican American English dialect of this community has evolved.  Comparison of the results with those of studies of other immigrant communities reveals numerous common tendencies.  These patterns yield a unified model for the development of new ethnolects in immigrant communities.




November 15, 2018

3:00 pm - 4:15 pm
Tompkins 123
United States
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