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Mexican American English
Substrate Influence and the Birth of an Ethnolect

Part of Studies in English Language

Erik R. Thomas, Belinda Treviño Schouten, Janneke Van Hofwegen,Tyler S. Kendall, Robert Bayley, Dan Villarreal, Erin Callahan, Mary E. Kohn
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  • Date Published: February 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107098565


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  • Responding to the need for a comprehensive treatment of Mexican American English and its varied influences across multiple generations, this volume provides true insight into how language contact triggers language change, and illustrates previously under-recognised links to ethnolects of other migrant groups in different parts of the world. It demonstrates how the variety begins with Spanish interference features but evolves into a stable variety over time by filtering out some of the interference features and responding to forces such as exploitation of its speakers, education, and the need to develop solidarity. A large number of linguistic variables from multiple realms of language are analysed that provide a truly balanced picture of the divisions within the community across a range of linguistic levels such as syntax, phonology, prosody, accent, dialect, and sociolinguistics.

    • Offers the most comprehensive empirical linguistic analysis of Mexican American English conducted to date
    • A large number of linguistic variables are analysed, to give a balanced picture of linguistic divisions within a community
    • Makes previously unmade connections between Latino English and other immigrant language varieties around the world
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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107098565
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.74kg
    • contains: 88 b/w illus. 41 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Language contact, immigration, and Latino Englishes Erik R. Thomas
    2. The context of North Town Belinda Treviño Schouten and Erik R. Thomas
    3. Consonantal variables correlated with ethnicity Erik R. Thomas and Janneke Van Hofwegen
    4. Vowels in North Town Erik R. Thomas
    5. Trends from outside Erik R. Thomas
    6. Social evaluation of variables Erik R. Thomas and Belinda Treviño Schouten
    7. Variable (ING) Tyler S. Kendall and Erik R. Thomas
    8. Coronal stop deletion in a rural South Texas community Robert Bayley and Dan Villarreal
    9. Prosody Erik R. Thomas and Tyler S. Kendall
    10. Morphosyntactic variation Erin Callahan
    11. Latino English in new destinations: processes of regionalisation in emerging contact varieties Mary E. Kohn
    12. Mexican American English and dialect genesis Erik R. Thomas.

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    Erik R. Thomas, North Carolina State University
    Erik R. Thomas is a professor in the Department of English at North Carolina State University. His work focuses on the intersection of sociolinguistics and phonetics, as well as the speech of minorities.


    Erik R. Thomas, Belinda Treviño Schouten, Janneke Van Hofwegen,Tyler S. Kendall, Robert Bayley, Dan Villarreal, Erin Callahan, Mary E. Kohn

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