A Lingustic Study of the Language of a Group of Mexican-Americans: a Report on Field Research
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The English language, which is the dominant language in the United States, exerts a profound influence on the languages of minority groups, and the effects it has on them is worth studying. This work will discuss some of the transformations that take place in the Spanish spoken by the Mexican - Americana of the Saginaw area. The Mexican - Americans are one immigrant population in the United States that has managed to hold on to its language and culture to a certain degree for some time. Frequent new arrivals from Mexico help reinforce this retenti0n, and keep the language in a constant state of renewal and change. It is not a static situation, because the new arrivals come in contact with those Mexican - Americans who were born here, and the two groups come in contact with the Anglo culture. There is a certain amount of pressure on new arrivals to learn English if they do not already speak it, because of employment, school, etc. There is a particular amount of pressure on school-age children to learn English, as it is the language of instruction. Unfortunately, many never get a chance to learn it well, and consequently suffer educationally. However, most Mexican - Americana achieve at least some degree of bilingualism (if not total bilingualism), with the consequent influence on the speech and writing of both languages.