Publication details [#18062]

Torres, Lourdes. 1997. Puerto Rican discourse: A sociolinguistic study of a New York suburb. (Everyday communication: Case studies of behavior in context). Mahwah (NJ): Erlbaum. xx + 138 pp.
Publication type
Book – monograph
Publication language
Language as a subject


The results of this study indicate that the Spanish of Puerto Ricans living in Brentwood, NY plays an important practical, symbolic, and affective role. An examination of the structural features of 60 oral narratives reveals little evidence of language attrition. Analyzed as constructions of gendered and ethnically marked identities, these oral narratives demonstrate dominant ideologies of gender, ethnicity, and language of Spanish-speaking minorities in the US.

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