2021 Undergraduate Research Showcase

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Student Presentation

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Dr. Kelly Arispe


As the most widely spoken minority language in the United States, Spanish has an undeniable presence and impact. However, it is also still subject to marginalization as a minority language and does not share the same level of social, economic, or political prestige as English, the majority language. As a result of this marginalization, language loss is a real threat to Spanish-speaking communities in the United States.

This study seeks to (1) explore a variety of language ideologies and practices within the American educational system, media and news programming, and governmental policies, (2) examine how sociopolitical factors actively contribute to language loss in Spanish speaking communities in the United States, and (3) present ideas and solutions for Spanish language maintenance going forward.



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