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Editoras: Paloma Garrido (U. Rey Juan Carlos), Laura Romero (UB)
Programación, desarrollo: Marc Ortega (UAB)
Directoras/es de reseñas: Alexandra Álvarez (U. Los Andes, Venezuela), Yvette Bürki (U. Bern, Suiza), María Luisa Calero (U. Córdoba, España), Luis Cortés (U. Almería)
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Infoling 1.59 (2013)
ISSN: 1576-3404

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Fuller, Janet M. 2012. Spanish Speakers in the USA. Bristol: Multilingual Matters (Formato: rústica, 188 págs., ISBN-13: 9781847698773. Precio: 19,96 EUR)
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Spanish Speakers in the USA explores the relationship between language and culture both as specific to Latin@s and as a generalizable example of linguistic and cultural diversity. The concept of identity is explored, with special attention to culturally embedded ideas about 'race' and ethnicity, and how language contributes to identity construction. Also addressed are attitudes and beliefs about the Spanish language, and the people who speak it, as they are revealed in online communication, public discourse, films and television. Linguistic consequences of language contact are discussed, showing how so-called 'Spanglish' is both socially significant and linguistically mundane. The final chapter illuminates how the education of Spanish speakers in the USA school system is linked to issues surrounding Latin@ identities and ideologies about Spanish.

Fuller covers the topic of contemporary Spanish-English bilingualism in the US with refreshing clarity and thoroughness. Not only does this text present the latest issues in this field, it does so in a way that illuminates them without sacrificing their complexity. It is a must-read for students, teachers and practitioners in this field.
MaryEllen Garcia, Emeritus, The University of Texas at San Antonio, USA

Fuller brings us an engaging and perceptive look into issues of bilingualism and language choice, as a focus for the social construction of identity. The book uses vivid examples to illustrate the complex and contradictory ideologies about Spanish and English in the US, and how these play out at both individual and societal levels. A must-read.
Carmen Fought, Pitzer College, USA

About the author
Janet M. Fuller is a Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She has done research on many facets of multilingualism, including the social identities and language use of children in Spanish-English bilingual classrooms in the USA.

Temática: Sociolingüística



Part 1: Ideologies and identities

1: Language Ideologies and Language Policies
Language ideology defined
A framework for studying language ideologies
Normative monolingualism
English only
Monoglossic language ideologies
Ideologies about the value of Spanish
Mock Spanish
The status of English
Language policies, planning and practices
Language policy in the US
Bilingual education
Workplace practices and policies
Services in languages other than English
Discussion questions and activities
Recommended reading

2: Language and Identity
Social constructionist approaches to identity
Social identities are on many levels
Social identities are multiple
Social identities are continually shifting
Towards a non-essentialist perspective on identity
Identity construction through language use
Identities in bilingual discourse: Translanguaging
Language choice and identity among Latin@s in the US
Discussion questions and activities
Recommended reading

3: ‘Race’, Ethnicity and Spanish Speakers in the US
‘Race’ as a social construct
Race in Latin@ studies
Race, ethnicity and the linguistic construction of identity
Race, ethnicity and national identity
Language ideologies and Latin@ identities
Discussion questions and activities
Recommended reading

4: Media Representations of Spanish and Spanish Speakers in US English
Language TV and Film: Production and Reproduction of Ideologies

An unrepresentative representation of Latin@s
Stereotypical portrayals of Latin@s
Cultural stereotypes in the new millennium
Language use: Monolingual norms and deviant behavior
TV representations of Latin@s for children: Spanish as a resource
Discussion questions and activities
Recommended reading/viewing

Part 2: Language practices

5: Spanish Language Maintenance and Shift in the US
Introduction: Minority languages
Options in language contact: Factors and attitudes
Keeping the L1 and ‘refusing’ to learn English
Learning English and maintaining Spanish
Language shift: Losing Spanish
Diglossia versus sustainable languaging
Ethnolinguistic vitality
Language maintenance and social networks
Spanish language maintenance and shift in the US
Case studies of language maintenance and shift in different communities: Variables and consequences
Spanish in the southwest
Cuban Americans in Miami
Puerto Ricans in New York City
Spanish in Chicago
Discussion questions and activities
Recommended reading/viewing

6: Linguistic Consequences of Spanish-English Bilingualism in the US: ‘Spanglish’ and Chican@ English
Language contact phenomena defined
Structural borrowing
Concluding remarks about structural aspects of US Spanish
Chican@ English
Discussion questions and activities
Recommended reading
Key to abbreviations for grammatical glosses

7: Latin@ Education in the US
Education of Latin@s in the US: History and program types
A short history of educational policies in the US regarding the language(s) of education
Educating English language learners: Program types
Transitional bilingual education programs: Early exit
Transitional bilingualism programs: Late exit
Immersion and other maintenance programs
Effectiveness of bilingual education programs
Ideologies in language education
The role of identity in Latino education
Discussion questions and activities
Recommended reading


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