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Spanglish in Literature
A discussion on whether Spanglish facilitates creative writing or lazy language.
# 120113 | 1,689 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 03, 2010 in Linguistics (General) , Language (General)

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The paper discusses the view of some that Spanglish offers people the opportunity to be creative in a new language, and the view of others that this form of expression may constitute linguistic cheating. The paper explains that Spanglish resulted from an inability to speak either proper English or proper Spanish, and asserts that this is hardly a basis for a language worthy of its own respectable brand of literature. The paper does, however, point out that Spanglish can help to capture a character's essence, although Spanglish automatically narrows the writer's word choices. In conclusion, the writer of the paper wonders why one would want to settle for a hodgepodge mixture of Spanish and English, for made-up words and farcical grammar, when one can experience the works of authors who wrote impeccably in languages other than their own.

From the Paper:

"Walk into the kitchen of any restaurant in Los Angeles and you may hear "Washea los dishes, por favor." Latina magazine has a section dedicated to "mujeres on the move," and workers all over the country take a midday break for "lonche." Spanglish abounds wherever Hispanic populations exist, and in today's United States, that's just about everywhere.
"Spanglish is rapidly changing the way Spanish, and to some extent English, is spoken; some even think it may one day replace Spanish altogether. According to Ilan Stavans, Professor of Spanish at Amherst College and one of the country's most vocal proponents of Spanglish as its own language, we are witnessing a linguistic revolution."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alvarez, Lizette. "Spanglish-English Hybrid is Spoken with no Apologies." New York Times 24 Mar. 1997. 29 June 2005. <>.
  • Braschi, Giannina. Yo-Yo Boing! Pittsburgh: Latin American Literary Review Press, 1998.
  • Cisneros, Sandra. Caramelo New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002.
  • Garcia, Cristina. The Aguero Sisters New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.
  • Gonzalez-Echeverria, Roberto. "Hablar spanglish es devaluar el espanol." Clarin 1997. 29 June 2005. <>.

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