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

The Legacy of the Californio Spanish: Recovery of the History to Understand the Formation of an Identity

Raul Frederick-Diaz, California State University at Northridge

This work tries to define the Californio Spanish dialect from XIX century until our days, its transformation and how it survived the coexistence with English in the same linguistic social environment

Proposal: 

Within the historical context of the Californio, we can see how Spanish has been able to preserve its vitality to this day, through social and linguistic characteristics. Although during this period of time the Spanish Californio has suffered, strictly speaking certain varieties, not only because of their contact and influence of English language, but also by external factors such as migration, ethnic diversity and economic growth. The truth is that today the Californian community shows a range of mixed variation of Spanish, which emphasized the transformation when the United States was settled by 1848. This work attempts to explain this variation along with the factor of how and why the Spanish spoken today in the United States, especially in California, has survived as a dialect that still maintains its roots with the vernacular language spoke in the XVIII and XIX centuries.