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

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Overview

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: 3/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 1,388,477
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

María Dolores Gonzales is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 3
Pt. 1 Reconstruction: Language Varieties, Language Use, and Language Attitudes
1 Crossing Social and Cultural Borders: The Road to Language Hybridity 13
2 Fighting Words: Latina Girls, Gangs, and Language Attitudes 39
Pt. 2 Reflection: Testimonios
3 Speaking as a Chicana: Tracing Cultural Heritage through Silence and Betrayal 59
4 The Power of Language: From the Back of the Bus to the Ivory Tower 85
5 Challenging Tradition: Opening the Headgate 98
6 Mexican Blood Runs through My Veins 106
Pt. 3 Innovation: Speaking Creatively/Creatively Speaking
7 Searching for a Voice: Ambiguities and Possibilities 123
8 Sacred Cults, Subversive Icons: Chicanas and the Pictorial Language of Catholicism 134
9 Calo and Taboo Language Use among Chicanas: A Description of Linguistic Appropriation and Innovation 175
10 Mascaras, Trenzas, y Grenas: Un/Masking the Self While Un/Braiding Latina Stories and Legal Discourse 194
About the Contributors 213
Index 217
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