What Role Does Language Play in the Ethnic Styling of Hispanics in the United States of America?
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Tron, George Daniel
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This study investigated the role of language (English and Spanish) in the ethnic styling of Hispanics in the United States of America. The motivation behind the study was to determine in what ways language is utilised in identity formation by speakers. Moreover, how particular speakers at a particular time utilised their linguistic practices as stylistic devices. The study draws on two established studies in the area; Mendoza-Denton (2008) and Eckert (2008). Using contextual factors as a foundation for discussion, the review was concerned with how participants formulated their identities utilising available linguistic and extra-linguistic resources. From here my own case studies were undertaken with focus on Hispanic artists operating in the American music industry. Here, in line with audience design theory I analysed in what ways target markets and primary audience impacted on the stylistic formations of Christina Aguilera and Shakira. The study found that in the ethnographic reviews and case studies, one of the primary resources utilised in stylistic formation was in fact language. Furthermore, the linguistic practices of Hispanics index other social, cultural and ethnic qualities.