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Spanglish

Given the diversity of Texas State University and the world, the Writing Center acknowledges and encourages the learning of other Englishes.  Although university students are often required to write in Standard American English, doing so should not lead to intolerance of linguistic difference since all languages are complex communication systems.


What is Spanglish?

  • "The way we conceive of Spanglish, the language, today is primarily from the point of view of the Spanish language, absorbing English words, giving it something of a modernity and some of English's inherent flexibility.  But the emergence of Spanglish in the U.S. had its origins in the reverse process, that is, English absorbing Spanish." -Ed Morales, Living in Spanglish, p. 33.
  • "Spanglish tambien is often an intra-ethnic vehicle of communication, thought only en los Unaited Esteits. It is used by Hispanics to establish a form of empathy between one another.But the differences with Ebonics are sharp: Spanglish, for one thing, is a result of the evident clash between two full-fledged, perfectly discernible lenguas; and it is not defined by class, as people in all social strata, from migrant workers to upper-class statements [sic] like congressmen, TV anchors, comedians, use it regularly. South of the Rio Grande, Spanglish also knows of no boundaries as it permeates all levels of the economic ladder" (Stavans 43).

Who is writing about Spanglish?

Callahan, Laura.  Spanish/English Codeswitching in a Written Corpus.

Lippi-Green, Rosini. English With an Accent: Language, Ideology, and Discrimination in the United States. New

    York: Routledge, 2003.

Morales, E. Living in Spanglish: The Search for Latino Identity in America. New York: St. Martin's, 2000.

Myers-Scotton, Carol. Duelling Languages: Grammatical Structure in Codeswitching. New York: Oxford UP, 1997.

Roca, Ana. Research on Spanish in the United States: Linguistic issues and challenges. '

*Stavans, Ilan. Spanglish: The Making of a New American language. New York: Penguin, 2004.

      *These texts are available in the Texas State University Writing Center.

Visit the Writing Center Spanglish Discussion Board:

  • Go to tracs.txstate.edu, and log in using your TSU username and password.
  • Click on "Membership" in the lefthand menu to see the sites to which you belong.
  • Click "Joinable Sites," search for "Writing Center," and click "Join."
  • Go to the Writing Center tab that has been added to the top of your TRACS website.
  • Click on "Message Center"