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Preface – Ph.D. Dissertation

Preface On September 20th 2017 a Category 4 hurricane struck the island of Puerto Rico, leaving the 3.5 million people on the island without power, food, water, or communication. Today it has been approximately three weeks since the hurricane hit the island, many remain uncommunicated, without food or water, experts predict a massive exodus to […]

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On Academia and Feminism

I thought I would share my experiences as a speaker in one of the largest meetings for sociolinguists — known as the Sociolinguistics Symposium, recently held in Spain. I must admit that every bit of this conference I found intimidating, particularly as I came to know many experienced linguists, whose work I’d often read, cite on […]

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Puerto Rican Spanish for the Non-Linguist

In her blog post on Puerto Rican Spanish (PR Spanish),  Dorothy Bell offers  a pretty concise and accessible description of this particular dialect of Spanish, or Caribbean Spanish. It is by no means a comprehensive account, nor is it intended to be, but it is written in a way that will attract the wider, non-specialist audience to the curiosities […]

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“Spanglish” as told by linguist Ana Celia Zentella

For decades the concept of bilingual speech or “code-switching” has been at the forefront of many studies on multilingual communities and language contact zones. Very generally, code-switching involves the act of using two or more languages within a single utterance or speech turn. It is not a novel occurrence, but perhaps the natural outcome of […]

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