Event Title

Language Usage of a Spanish-speaking Professional in Central Illinois

Graduation Year

2014

Location

Room E105, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

12-4-2014 10:00 AM

End Date

12-4-2014 11:00 AM

Description

Numerous studies have investigated the maintenance and loss of the Spanish language in urban areas of the United States with large Hispanic populations; however, studies of this nature have not been conducted in smaller cities with a large Spanish-speaking community. This study explores the language usage of a Spanish-speaking professional in Central Illinois to gain an understanding of the social and cultural factors that influence the maintenance or shift in language of the Latino population from Spanish to English. An ethnographic interview conducted with a Spanish-speaking professional is examined to understand patterns of language maintenance and shift as well as the social and cultural factors that impact the usage of the English or Spanish language. Conclusions of this study may provide information essential to understanding the factors behind the maintenance of Spanish, or shift to English, in Central Illinois.

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Language Usage of a Spanish-speaking Professional in Central Illinois

Room E105, Center for Natural Sciences, Illinois Wesleyan University

Numerous studies have investigated the maintenance and loss of the Spanish language in urban areas of the United States with large Hispanic populations; however, studies of this nature have not been conducted in smaller cities with a large Spanish-speaking community. This study explores the language usage of a Spanish-speaking professional in Central Illinois to gain an understanding of the social and cultural factors that influence the maintenance or shift in language of the Latino population from Spanish to English. An ethnographic interview conducted with a Spanish-speaking professional is examined to understand patterns of language maintenance and shift as well as the social and cultural factors that impact the usage of the English or Spanish language. Conclusions of this study may provide information essential to understanding the factors behind the maintenance of Spanish, or shift to English, in Central Illinois.