Speaking Chicana: Voice, Power, and Identity / Edition 1

Speaking Chicana: Voice, Power, and Identity / Edition 1

by D. Letticia Galindo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816518157

ISBN-13: 9780816518159

Pub. Date: 03/01/1999

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

Previous studies in the fields of applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and gender studies have focused upon Chicano linguistic communities as a monolith or have focused entirely upon male-centered aspects of language use, leaving a tremendous gap in works about Chicanas, for Chicanas, and by Chicanas as they pertain to language-related issues

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Previous studies in the fields of applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and gender studies have focused upon Chicano linguistic communities as a monolith or have focused entirely upon male-centered aspects of language use, leaving a tremendous gap in works about Chicanas, for Chicanas, and by Chicanas as they pertain to language-related issues. Speaking Chicana bridges that gap, offering for the first time an extensive examination of language issues among Chicanas. Flowing throughout this collection of essays are themes of empowerment and suppression of voice. Combining empirical studies and personal narratives in the form of testimonios, the editors expand the boundaries of linguistic study to include disciplines such as art, law, women's studies, and literature. The result is a multifaceted approach to the study of Chicana speech—one that provides a significant survey of the literature on Chicanas and language production. Ten contributors—from linguistic to lawyer, from poet to art historian—discuss language varieties and attitudes; bilinguality; codeswitching; cultural identity and language; language in literature and art; taboo language; and legal discourse. Speaking Chicana celebrates the complexity and diversity of linguistic contexts and influences reflected in Chicana speech. Various essays explore the speech of rural women; the evolution of linguistic forces over time; the influence of U.S. public education; linguistic dilemmas encountered by literary authors and women in the legal profession; and language used by pachucas and pintas. Speaking Chicana represents a significant contribution, not only to sociolinguistics, but also to other fields, including women's studies, Chicana/o studies, anthropology, and cultural studies. Contents
Part 1. Reconstruction: Language Varieties, Language Use, and Language Attitudes
1. Crossing Social and Cultural Borders: The Road to Language Hybridity, María Dolores Gonzales
2. Fighting Words: Latina Girls, Gangs, and Language Attitudes, Norma Mendoza-Denton
Part 2. Reflection: Testimonios
3. Speaking as a Chicana: Tracing Cultural Heritage through Silence and Betrayal, Jacqueline M. Martínez
4. The Power of Language: From the Back of the Bus to the Ivory Tower, Christine Marín
5. Challenging Tradition: Opening the Headgate, Ida M. Luján
6. Mexican Blood Runs through My Veins, Aurora E. Orozco
Part 3. Innovation: Speaking Creatively/Creatively Speaking
7. Searching for a Voice: Ambiguities and Possibilities, Erlinda Gonzales-Berry
8. Sacred Cults, Subversive Icons: Chicanas and the Pictorial Language of Catholicism, Charlene Villaseñor Black
9. Caló and Taboo Language Use among Chicanas: A Description of Linguistic Appropriation and Innovation, D. Letticia Galindo
10. Máscaras, Trenzas, y Greñas: Un/Masking the Self While Un/Braiding Latina Stories and Legal Discourse, Margaret E. Montoya

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816518159
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
03/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
226
Sales rank:
1,086,315
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction3
Pt. 1Reconstruction: Language Varieties, Language Use, and Language Attitudes
1Crossing Social and Cultural Borders: The Road to Language Hybridity13
2Fighting Words: Latina Girls, Gangs, and Language Attitudes39
Pt. 2Reflection: Testimonios
3Speaking as a Chicana: Tracing Cultural Heritage through Silence and Betrayal59
4The Power of Language: From the Back of the Bus to the Ivory Tower85
5Challenging Tradition: Opening the Headgate98
6Mexican Blood Runs through My Veins106
Pt. 3Innovation: Speaking Creatively/Creatively Speaking
7Searching for a Voice: Ambiguities and Possibilities123
8Sacred Cults, Subversive Icons: Chicanas and the Pictorial Language of Catholicism134
9Calo and Taboo Language Use among Chicanas: A Description of Linguistic Appropriation and Innovation175
10Mascaras, Trenzas, y Grenas: Un/Masking the Self While Un/Braiding Latina Stories and Legal Discourse194
About the Contributors213
Index217

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