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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

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

Kim Potowski

University of Illinois Press

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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