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Discourse as a language contact phenomenon: evidence from Mexican-American bilinguals 

Discourse as a language contact phenomenon: evidence from Mexican-American bilinguals 

Autor: Judyta Pawliszko

Citation: tekst i dyskurs – text und diskurs 12, 2019 Pages 85-98
DOI: 10.7311/tid.12.2019.05


This article is the result of a study conducted within the theoretical framework of ethnography of communication. One of the main purposes of this study was to examine discourse strategies among Mexican-American bilinguals residing in the Los Angeles area. The examination of strategies used in oral and written conversations demonstrates the existence of numerous stylistic features. Mexican-American bilingual discourse is characterized by the use of code-switching, culturally-motivated borrowings from English and, in general, the dominance of the English language in conversation. Undoubtedly, these discursive phenomena stem from socioeconomic and cultural forces and the prestige of English as the dominant linguistic system of the American society.

Keywords: Mexican-American immigrants, Spanish-English discourse, code-switching, discourse strategies

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