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Estar Extension in Arizona: A Language Contact Study

Abstract Past research has isolated an extension of the copular verb estar into the domain previously sanctioned for its counterpart, ser. This extension has been found in areas of contact between American English and Spanish speaking Mexican immigrants. A similar situation of contact is in occurrence in Arizona, and this study endeavored to evaluate if this same extension was present, and to what degree. This study also explores the framework of linguistic hegemony in order to relate language attitudes in Arizona to language change in Arizona. The findings revealed minimal extension. This may be due to language maintenance in response to hegemony.
Created Date 2012
Contributor Bonnell, Jamie (Author) / Van Gelderen, Elly (Advisor) / Major, Roy (Committee member) / Ryan, John (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Linguistics / Sociolinguistics / Arizona / estar / language contact / language maintenance / linguistic hegemony / Spanish
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 128 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. English 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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