Chapter published in:Hispanic Contact Linguistics: Theoretical, methodological and empirical perspectives
Edited by Luis A. Ortiz López, Rosa E. Guzzardo Tamargo and Melvin González-Rivera
[Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics 22] 2020
► pp. 140–162
First person singular subject expression in Caribbean heritage speaker Spanish oral production
Research on contact effects on subject pronoun expression in the U.S. has largely focused on Spanish in the U.S. Southwest and New York City (NYC). The conflicting results reported in this literature could be due to the differences in the distribution of varieties in these U.S. regions. To test this hypothesis, this paper offers a variationist analysis of first person singular (1sg) data from eleven Caribbean heritage speakers (HS) divided into two proficiency groups and who were raised in Florida, where the distribution of varieties is similar to that in NYC. Results are consistent with a lack of contact effects in the higher proficiency group, while contact effects are attested in the lower proficiency group.
Keywords: heritage speaker bilingualism, subject pronoun expression, variation, Caribbean Spanish
Published online: 14 February 2020
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