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Spanglish in Piña-Rosales' Modern-day “Don Quijote en Manhattan”

9 pagesPublished: February 23, 2017


This research aims to contribute to our understanding of Spanglish, namely by examining Gerardo Piña Rosales’ short story “Don Quijote en Manhattan” (2006). Through a close analysis of this expressive modality, particularly the use of Spanglish by the character of Sancho in his encounters with the city’s other inhabitants, including tourists, homeless, small-time criminals and police, we are able to gain insight into the reality of modern-day language contact in a truly contemporary setting. The paper is organized as follows. First a brief review of the most recent Spanglish research is offered, then we describe the materials and method used for this study, and finally we propose a classification of Sancho’s Spanglish.

Keyphrases: Calques, code-switching, discourse analysis, loanwords, sociolinguistics, Spanglish

In: Chelo Vargas-Sierra (editor). Professional and Academic Discourse: an Interdisciplinary Perspective, vol 2, pages 172--180

BibTeX entry
  author    = {Ricard Morant and Debra Westall},
  title     = {Spanglish in Pi\textbackslash{}\~{}\{n\}a-Rosales' Modern-day "Don Quijote en Manhattan"},
  booktitle = {Professional and Academic Discourse: an Interdisciplinary Perspective},
  editor    = {Chelo Vargas-Sierra},
  series    = {EPiC Series in Language and Linguistics},
  volume    = {2},
  pages     = {172--180},
  year      = {2017},
  publisher = {EasyChair},
  bibsource = {EasyChair,},
  issn      = {2398-5283},
  url       = {},
  doi       = {10.29007/1bvf}}
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