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Presentation Title

Second- and Third-Generation Latinos in the Midwest: Language and Identity Loss

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Adriana Lay, Lake Forest CollegeFollow

Location

Young 111

Abstract

During the past 30 years Spanish speaking people in the U.S. have grown more than 37.6 million, making this country the 5th largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. However, despite the growth of Spanish-speakers and the opportunities that being bilingual might give to Latinos, many Hispanics are losing their native language by the second or third generation. I argue that because of the negative experiences with speaking Spanish during childhood, in addition to negative perceptions of Latino Spanish Speakers, many Latinos unconsciously decide to change their maternal language to English in an attempt to assimilate into the American culture.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-8-2014 10:40 AM

End Date

4-8-2014 12:00 PM

Panel

Panel: Latino Migration and Its Impact on Identity, Values and Income

Field of Study for Presentation

Spanish

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Apr 8th, 10:40 AM Apr 8th, 12:00 PM

Second- and Third-Generation Latinos in the Midwest: Language and Identity Loss

Young 111

During the past 30 years Spanish speaking people in the U.S. have grown more than 37.6 million, making this country the 5th largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. However, despite the growth of Spanish-speakers and the opportunities that being bilingual might give to Latinos, many Hispanics are losing their native language by the second or third generation. I argue that because of the negative experiences with speaking Spanish during childhood, in addition to negative perceptions of Latino Spanish Speakers, many Latinos unconsciously decide to change their maternal language to English in an attempt to assimilate into the American culture.