Date of Award
University Scholars Director
Dr. Jeff Keuss
First Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Kathryn Bartholomew
Second Advisor/Committee Member
Dr. Katya Nemtchinova
Spanglish, Spanish, code-switching, Spanish-English bilinguals, United States Spanish
This paper will linguistically explore the forms of Spanish spoken by Spanish-English bilinguals in the United States in order to argue that Spanglish is a complex linguistic system governed by a set of specific linguistic rules and patterns. I will do this by drawing on previous research in this field that examines the phonological patterns, morphological trends, and syntactic constraints that govern acceptable code switches between English and Spanish (Otheguy, 1993; Rodriguez-Gonzalez and Parafita-Couto, 2012; Rothman and Rell, 2005; Lipski, 2008; et al.). This evaluation of Spanglish will also include description and assessment of different arguments regarding how it can best be described linguistically, ultimately claiming that the most compelling argument poses Spanglish as a well-developed system of Spanish-English code-switching.
Mernaugh, Leah, "Defining Spanglish: A Linguistic Categorization of Spanish-English Code-Switching in the United States" (2017). Honors Projects. 89.