The choice of terms to refer to the Hispanic, or Latino, population of the USA and Canada is admittedly a controversial issue. We have chosen to follow the example of ‡ and use ‘Latino/a’ to refer to all groups having their origins in the Spanish-speaking countries of the Americas, and ‘Chicano/a’ to refer to Mexican-Americans.
Recent Research on Latinos in the USA and Canada, Part 1: Language Maintenance and Shift and English Varieties†
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
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Language and Linguistics Compass
Volume 3, Issue 5, pages 1300–1313, September 2009
How to Cite
Bayley, R. and Bonnici, L. M. (2009), Recent Research on Latinos in the USA and Canada, Part 1: Language Maintenance and Shift and English Varieties. Language and Linguistics Compass, 3: 1300–1313. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-818X.2009.00159.x
- Issue published online: 10 SEP 2009
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
This article examines two of the main areas of sociolinguistic research on Latinos in the USA and Canada, language maintenance and shift and Latino varieties of English, with emphasis on work that has been accomplished in the past decade. Despite the considerable amount of foundational research that has been accomplished in recent years, we suggest that a great deal remains to be done, particularly on maintenance and shift in emerging Latino communities in the USA and Canada and on Latino varieties of English.