A vivid commentary on Jewish survival and Jewish speech communities that will be enjoyed by the general reader, and is essential reading for students and researchers interested in the study of Middle Eastern languages, Jewish studies, and sociolinguistics.
This book provides an inside view of the social construction of
bilingualism in one of the largest and most disadvantaged Spanish-speaking
groups in the United States. It walks readers through a New York Puerto
Rican Community and describes the five varieties of Spanish and English
that constitute the community's bilingual and multi-dialectal repertoire,
the four major communication patterns that predominate in the homes of
twenty families with children, and the syntactic features and discourse
strategies of so-called "Spanglish".