Linguistic Boundaries and Transculturations
(Karen, María Isabel, José, Carolina)
Focusing on the diverse meanings that the Spanish language has had in cementing and resisting national, horizontal hierarchies among U.S. Latino/as, I specifically examine how Spanish is a key site for struggles over legitimacy among many Intralatino/as who are second-generation Spanish speakers. These interviews reveal the anxieties over Latino authenticity for Intralatino/as whose Spanish is not fluent, and the processes of reclaiming Spanish that allows some of them to reaffirm power and agency within their families and social networks. This chapter also discusses the multiple instances of linguistic transculturations in Intralatino families that complicate traditional narratives about language maintenance and loss.
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