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The Latina/o Midwest Reader$
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Omar Valerio-Jiménez, Santiago R. Vaquera-Vásquez, and Claire F. Fox

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041211

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041211.001.0001

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Spanish Language and Education in the Midwest

Spanish Language and Education in the Midwest

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(p.123) Spanish Language and Education in the Midwest
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The Latina/o Midwest Reader
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Kim Potowski

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041211.003.0008

This chapter explores Spanish language use, maintenance, and education in the Midwest. It surveys various studies of intergenerational language loss, Spanish language dialects, and inter-Latino language influences among Latinas/os. By comparing Spanish language use in the Midwest to other regions, the chapter illustrates common trends and highlights distinct regional differences that make the Midwest a critical region for studying language maintenance and Latina/o identity. Most significantly are the region’s numerous dual-language schools, the long period of contact between Mexicans and Puerto Ricans, and the site of the nation’s largest school district in Chicago.

Keywords:   Spanish language, dual-language immersion, transitional bilingual education, Latina/o identity, literacy, intergenerational language loss, ethnolinguistic identity, Spanish language dialects, English-language learners, heritage language

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