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Chicano English in Context is the 1st sleek, complete examine of Chicano English, a range spoken via thousands of Latinos within the U.S. it's also one of many first stories of ongoing sound switch inside of an ethnic minority group. It in brief describes the phonology, syntax and semantics of this type, and explores its the most important position within the development of ethnic identification between younger Latinos and Latinas. It additionally corrects misconceptions in how most of the people perspectives Chicano English.

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Among the gang members particularly, information is a key element in exchange and obligation, as they themselves explained. 9 Therefore, I tried to begin my interviews at Westside Park by offering some information about myself, as discussed above. If someone asked where I lived, or where I had grown up I told them. Occasionally they asked for more details about what I was doing beyond the brief description that I always gave at the beginning, and I expanded my explanation. I was careful to keep the main focus off language, Fieldwork in the LA Chicano Community 29 although sometimes I would mention that the fact that a lot of people in LA spoke two languages was interesting to me.

Yet another possible source of tension within the community is the salient division between gang members and non-gang members that was discussed earlier. As might be expected, individuals who belong to the non-gang group often spoke negatively about gangs and gang members and their effect on the community. Somewhat surprisingly, a large number of gang members expressed similar views about themselves. In any case, most non-gang members attempt to have little contact with gang members (with some salient exceptions, which will be discussed later).

I will use 'Chicano' mainly in particular contexts, such as when a speaker was emphasizing US-born ethnicity. ' The speakers of this group referred to themselves as 'white,' but I wanted to use a term that emphasized ethnicity rather than race, since it is the social construct (ethnicity) that might be expected to correlate with linguistic variables. ' This term was used as often as the term 'white' in English, and in Spanish the comparable term (americana) was even more frequent. However, I find this usage somewhat disappointing in its suggestion that my Latino speakers, most of whom were born here, may subconsciously accept that others have a greater right to call themselves American than they do.

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