Living in Spanglish World
Spanglish is known as a hybrid language combining words and idioms from both Spanish and English especially Spanish speech that uses many English words and expressions. Around the US, millions of citizens in major cities are speaking what some are calling a third language. According to an essay forum on Spanglish, some consider Spanglish a language disease, slang that should be taken care of immediately. A threat to the purity of both languages as a whole. To others they seek to develop their Spanglish speaking skills. Spanglish has changed the world, corporations have discovered it and it’s on television, radio, novels, rap and rock music. In this essay I will explain the significance the language ‘Spanglish’ in the United States and the effects it has on media today.
BACKGROUND ON SPANGLISH
Spanglish is commonly used in the Latino community. There is no specific grammar or language rules that one must abide by. Spanglish is formed by the interaction between the Spanish, a Romance language, and English, a Germanic language, in the speeches of those who speak both languages and parts of the two languages. The fusion of English and Spanish can assume three main forms: borrowing nouns and verbs from English and/or Spanish (i.e. troca, líder, wachear, parquear); switching from one language to another between or even within sentences; and mixing the grammar of one language with the words of another (Sayer, 2008, p. 97). Spanglish has a linguistic history, and the term Spanglish by Puerto Rican Salvador Tio is first in the literature in the late 1940s, when he called "Spanglish". In an interview with a journalist named Bill Santiago, Bill believes that Spanglish need more respect because the
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