De García, Kati Pletsch
June 2008
Southwest Journal of Linguistics;2008, Vol. 27 Issue 1, p1
Academic Journal
The linguistic situation on the United States/Mexican border in Laredo, Texas illustrates the complex nature of a bilingual community. Border residents are faced with the task of negotiating their identity every time they engage in discourse. Language alternation, i.e. TexMex, is a visible phenomenon and is a significant way of communicating in this community. Laredo does not represent a clear case of classic diglossia given that both English and Spanish share the same prestige in the more formal, High variety. Furthermore, there is evidence to indicate that the use of TexMex has crossed into public domains traditionally reserved for the High variety. Similarly, both English and Spanish can be heard in domains traditionally reserved for the low variety. These findings further validate the usefulness of examining language use within a sociocultural linguistic framework.


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