Faculty Book: Ricardo Otheguy

Ricardo Otheguy and Ana Celia Zentella

Spanish in New York: Language Contact, Dialectal Leveling, and Structural Continuity
(Oxford University Press, 2012)

Spanish in New York is a groundbreaking sociolinguistic analysis of immigrant bilingualism in a U.S. setting. Taking variationist sociolinguistics as its guiding paradigm, the book uses 140 interviews of speakers with origins in Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, and Puerto Rico to compare the Spanish of New Yorkers born in Latin America with that of those born in New York City. Focusing on language contact, dialectal leveling, and structural continuity, the authors demonstrate the extent to which the language of Latinos in New York City represents a continuation of structural variation as it is found in Latin America, as well as the extent to which Spanish has evolved in New York City. Ricardo Otheguy (Prof., GC) is on the doctoral faculty in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian literatures and languages, linguistics, and urban education.

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Submitted on: FEB 1, 2012

Category: Faculty Books | Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures | Linguistics | Urban Education