Chicano English: An Ethnic Contact Dialect

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 1985 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 112 pages
Chicano English can rightly be said to be, in its different varieties, the most widespread ethnic dialect of U.S. English, spoken by large sections of the population in the American Southwest. It represents a type of speech referred to by E. Haugen as a bilingual dialect, having developed out of a stable Spanish-English setting. In their book, the authors provide a comprehensive examination of Chicano English, devoting particular emphasis to the social factors determining its characteristic features and uses. Special attention is given to the question of homogeneity as against ordered variation within Chicano English, to features of pronunciation and grammar, to its communicative functions, to the evaluative attitudes of its speakers and others and, finally, to its uses in literature and the media. In spite of its importance, Chicano English has been insufficiently documented; this monograph is intended to contribute towards redressing the balance.
 

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Contents

I THE SOUTHWEST AS A LINGUISTIC AREA
1
II LOS CHICANOS
19
III SPEECH ASPECTS OF CHICANO ENGLISH
34
IV LITERACY DEVELOPMENT
54
V LANGUAGE ATTITUDES
67
VI REPRESENTATIONS OF CHICANO ENGLISH IN THE MEDIA
74
APPENDIX
95
REFERENCES
96
The series Varieties of English Around the World
113
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