Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Spanglish Language

Generally speaking, Spanglish refers to the blending of the Spanish and English languages.  Not a “pidgin” language (a formalized, middle language that develops as a means of communication between groups that have no common language), Spanglish is totally informal, with no pre-established rules of linguistic structure.
Although Spanglish contains common patterns of word and phrase usage, it is actually a dimension of what linguists term “code switching,” whereby two languages are interwoven in a free-form style that literally allows the two languages to be intertwined at will by the speaker.  Read more . . .