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Title:Spanish Heritage Speakers' Spanish and English Writings: Contrastive Rhetorical and Linguistic Analyses
Author(s):Spicer-Escalante, Maria L.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Escobar, Anna Maria
Department / Program:Spanish
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, Bilingual and Multicultural
Abstract:The present study examines both the rhetorical patterns and the linguistic features that SHS in corporate in their Spanish and English writing discourse. For the purpose of this research, university students wrote two argumentative-persuasive essays from four to ten pages in length. The Spanish texts of SHS were compared to the Spanish writing of both Spanish Second Language Learners (SSLL) who are English Native Speakers, and Spanish Native Speakers from Mexico (SNS). The English texts were compared only to the English production of SSLL. A total of 216 pages (yielding a final corpus of 49,428 words) were analyzed. The rhetorical and the linguistic analyses show that there are very important and interesting differences in the way in which the three groups of writers incorporate the diverse linguistic variables examined in this study when composing in either Spanish or English. Moreover, this study suggests that both the Spanish and the English writing of SHS has unique characteristics that demonstrate both a cultural and linguistic transculturation: they do not thoroughly follow the beaten paths of SSLL nor SNS, but find their own pathway to expression.
Issue Date:2002
Description:389 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3070444
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2002

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