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Instituto Franklin > Publications > Camino Real Journal > Articles > Using Spanglish in the United States: A Variety of Spanish or a Way of Building Identity? The Case of Heritage Language Learners in the Foreign Languages Classroom

Using Spanglish in the United States: A Variety of Spanish or a Way of Building Identity? The Case of Heritage Language Learners in the Foreign Languages Classroom

This paper looks at how users of Spanglish, a hybrid that was born from the interactions of those who live in an English-speaking country like the US and keep their Hispanic linguistic roots, might not be just using it because it’s only natural, but they might be doing it in purpose as a way of enacting their identities. Special attention is taken to the case of students of Spanish as a Heritage Language, since they are the ones that seem to be using this register the most. In this case, it is discussed the teaching of the standard variety of Spanish to Heritage Language Learners (HLLs), and the incorporation and value of other forms of Spanish, even Spanglish.

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