Publication details [#58534]

Pérez Báez, Gabriela. 2014. Determinants of language reproduction and shift in a transnational community. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 227 : 65–81.
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De Gruyter


This case study of San Lucas Quiaviní Zapotec (SLQZ), spoken in the Mexican Central Valleys of Oaxaca and in Los Angeles, shows how a language vitality judgment that solely regards the home community, may engender an inaccurate appraisal. Signs of language endangerment in a transnational community become clear in a cross-border sociolinguistic analysis. Due to constant travel between the two communities, language use in Los Angeles is reproduced in San Lucas, thereby integrating Spanish and English into traditionally Zapotec-only fields like the home.