In keeping with the back-to-school spirit, I offer you the following article:

Nosotros somos dominicanos: Language and social differentiation among Dominicans by Almeida Jacqueline Toribio. 2000.

This article appears in the book: Research on Spanish in the United States: Linguistic Issues and Challenges, A. Roca (ed.), 252-270. Somerville,
MA: Cascadilla Press.

An interesting investigation of social perceptions of Dominican Spanish, this paper demonstrates in part how despite the negative social valuations of our way of speech as compared with other varieties of Spanish, the data shows that we do not abandon nuestro hablar dominicano. Who would’ve thunk that my cibaeña pride could be explained through scholarly research!

Almeida Jacqueline Toribio is a Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of Texas at Austin.  Her research interests include language maintenance and identity within the contexts of cultural convergence, particularly speakers of Spanish as a heritage language in the United States. She has also written about el español fronterizo spoken in the border between D.R. and Haiti. She is a co-editor of  The Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Code-switching and a special issue of Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, among other works of linguistic importance.

As you bask in the final days of summer sun, now is the time get into the seasonal draughts!

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