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American Varieties


Spanglish is the encounter... ...perhaps the  marriage (or divorce) of English and Spanish, according to author Ilan Stavans.
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In  his book, Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language, Ilan Stavans takes a look at the new lexicon created by Latinos living in the United States. Spanglish is the encounter, he says, perhaps the marriage (or divorce) of English and Spanish. It is also reflective of  Anglo and Hispanic civilizations not only in the United States, but throughout the entire continent and possibly Spain. Spanglish is the way of communicating where a speaker starts in one language, then switches back and forth to another. (Linguists call this practice Code Switching.)  It is a very creative, jazzy way of being Latino in the U.S. today.

Stavans goes on to explain that there is really not one Spanglish.  There are varieties.  Spanglish spoken by Cuban Americans in Miami for example is called Cubonics,  which is different from Mexican American Spanglish.  Learn More!

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