A Sociolinguistics of Diaspora: Latino Practices, by Rosina Márquez Reiter, Luisa Martín Rojo

By Rosina Márquez Reiter, Luisa Martín Rojo

This quantity brings jointly students in sociolinguistics and the sociology of recent media and cellular applied sciences who're engaged on varied social and communicative features of the Latino diaspora. there's new curiosity within the ways that migrants negotiate and renegotiate identities via their persisted interactions with their very own tradition again domestic, within the host kingdom, in related diaspora in different places, and with a number of the "new" cultures of the receiving kingdom. This assortment makes a speciality of extensive political and social contexts: the confirmed Latino groups in city settings in North the US and more moderen Latin American groups in Europe and the center East. It explores the position of migration/diaspora in remodeling linguistic practices, ideologies, and identities.

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But the fact is my participants did not appear to face any “nationalist tensions”. These stereotypes, although within our participants’ awareness, did not present challenges to nor significant fodder for their construction of identities as MXPR. To them, being MXPR meant embodying the positive aspects of each culture, not fighting off negative stereotypes. ’ ”. “Allí viene el potorro”. ] “You look Puerto Rican, but you sound Mexican”. ” 28 Kim Potowski They insisted, however, that such comments did not constitute strong pressure to “pass” as one monolithic ethnicity.

Thus, in the proportion of individuals claiming that no Spanish variety was “better”, as well as in the particular lack of citing PR Spanish as “better”, MXPRs evidenced overlap with the ideologies of MXs and PRs. 24 Kim Potowski However, an important difference was evident: not a single MXPR offered a direct criticism of MX or PR Spanish, not even the five individuals who said that MX Spanish was superior. They presented their opinions more neutrally, stating for example that MX Spanish was “more professional” or that PR Spanish had “more slang”.

1). Similarly, there are various ways in which US Latinos “do” being Latino, including through language. To start, even the terms “Hispanic” and “Latino” 26 Kim Potowski are not agreed upon. According to a 2012 Pew Center nationwide survey, a slight majority (51%) say they most often identify themselves by their family’s country of origin, such as “Mexican” or “Salvadoran”; just 24% say they prefer a panethnic label such as “Latino” or “Hispanic”. About half (47%) consider themselves very different from typical Americans.

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