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Barrios and Borders: Language and Identity amongst US Latinos

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
15
ECTS points
7.5
Level
Level 6
Module lead
Darren Paffey
Academic year
2024-25

Module overview

This module will introduce the main theoretical ideas of language and identity alongside tracing the historical, social and linguistic background to the presence of the so-called Latinos in the USA. By considering a range of texts, as well as cultural output such as music, film and literature, you will develop an understanding of the key themes and experiences of the Latino communities and how they negotiate and challenge their place in contemporary US society. The module will look at the role that the Spanish language plays in Latino identities – linguistic vitality, transmission to new generations, and the phenomenon of translanguaging or 'Spanglish'.

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