Title

Impacts of Language Shift among Young Mexican-Americans: Navigating Two Linguistic Worlds in Polk County, Oregon

Date

5-26-2016 1:00 PM

End Time

26-5-2016 1:30 PM

Location

WUC Willamette Room

Department

Anthropology

Session Chair

Robin Smith

Session Chair

Isidore Lobnibe

Session Title

Anthropology Symposium

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Isidore Lobnibe

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

In the United States, most people live in two linguistic worlds. Among Latino Immigrants, Spanish may be spoken at home with English dominating the majority of their outside domains. What challenges do young Latinos face in their daily lives as they attempt to navigate two worlds and maintain a clear sense of cultural identity? In this proposed research project I investigate Spanish language shift among young Oregonians with Mexican heritage, focusing on second generations. Since language and culture are intimately linked, emphasis will be placed on the connections between them in order to understand how this shift impacts cultural identity and influences cultural practices. Drawing on oral interviews and participant observation, factors influencing language shift among young Mexican Americans will be analyzed to contribute to current debates on language and culture.

This document is currently not available here.

Share

COinS
 
May 26th, 1:00 PM May 26th, 1:30 PM

Impacts of Language Shift among Young Mexican-Americans: Navigating Two Linguistic Worlds in Polk County, Oregon

WUC Willamette Room

In the United States, most people live in two linguistic worlds. Among Latino Immigrants, Spanish may be spoken at home with English dominating the majority of their outside domains. What challenges do young Latinos face in their daily lives as they attempt to navigate two worlds and maintain a clear sense of cultural identity? In this proposed research project I investigate Spanish language shift among young Oregonians with Mexican heritage, focusing on second generations. Since language and culture are intimately linked, emphasis will be placed on the connections between them in order to understand how this shift impacts cultural identity and influences cultural practices. Drawing on oral interviews and participant observation, factors influencing language shift among young Mexican Americans will be analyzed to contribute to current debates on language and culture.