LINGUIST List 32.3319

Fri Oct 22 2021

Books: Mexican American English: Thomas (ed.)

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Date: 10-Oct-2021
From: Eleanor Hennerley <>
Subject: Mexican American English: Thomas (ed.)
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Title: Mexican American English
Subtitle: Substrate Influence and the Birth of an Ethnolect
Published: 2021
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Editor: Erik R. Thomas
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107491151 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 34.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107491151 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 26.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107491151 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 31.50

Editor's Note: This is a new edition of a previously announced title.

Responding to the need for a comprehensive treatment of Mexican American English and its varied influences across multiple generations, this volume provides true insight into how language contact triggers language change, and illustrates previously under-recognised links to ethnolects of other migrant groups in different parts of the world. It demonstrates how the variety begins with Spanish interference features but evolves into a stable variety over time by filtering out some of the interference features and responding to forces such as exploitation of its speakers, education, and the need to develop solidarity. A large number of linguistic variables from multiple realms of language are analysed that provide a truly balanced picture of the divisions within the community across a range of linguistic levels such as syntax, phonology, prosody, accent, dialect, and sociolinguistics.

1. Language contact, immigration, and Latino Englishes Erik R. Thomas; 2. The context of North Town Belinda Treviño Schouten and Erik R. Thomas; 3. Consonantal variables correlated with ethnicity Erik R. Thomas and Janneke Van Hofwegen; 4. Vowels in North Town Erik R. Thomas; 5. Trends from outside Erik R. Thomas; 6. Social evaluation of variables Erik R. Thomas and Belinda Treviño Schouten; 7. Variable (ING) Tyler S. Kendall and Erik R. Thomas; 8. Coronal stop deletion in a rural South Texas community Robert Bayley and Dan Villarreal; 9. Prosody Erik R. Thomas and Tyler S. Kendall; 10. Morphosyntactic variation Erin Callahan; 11. Latino English in new destinations: processes of regionalisation in emerging contact varieties Mary E. Kohn; 12. Mexican American English and dialect genesis Erik R. Thomas.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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