115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Everyday Spanish of California

Gloria N Oliveri, "California State University, Northridge"

This paper intends to show that in California the Spanish language predominates in the activities of the daily life of the Latin population, linguistically and daily.


Multilingualism is a daily reality in California, the most ethnically diverse state in the United States. As a result, the coexistence of English as the predominant language and Spanish as a secondary language is a phenomenon that can be explained from the theories of diglossia and the everyday life. Consequently, this essay will try to demonstrate that the Spanish of California is part of the daily life and part of the habits of the community of Latin origin. For this purpose, it will serve as a guide not only linguistically but also as a theory of the daily life. It should be clarified that the scope will be at a descriptive level besides examples from printed material, in which targets the Hispanic population.