Latinx perceptions of Spanish in Miami: Dialect variation, personality attributes and language use

Salvatore Callesano, Phillip M. Carter

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Abstract

This study examines the ways in which Cuban, Colombian, and Peninsular Spanish in Miami-Dade County (MDC) are conceptualized by Latinx participants in terms of implicit perceptions. We examine how Latinx college students – all residents of Miami – perceive Spanish language variation in Miami and predict putative differences in two domains: 1) personality characteristics related to warmth and competence traits (e.g., friendliness and intelligence), and 2) differences in usage and maintenance of Spanish. Data were analyzed for significance using a three by four within-subjects ANOVA with a series of specific statistical contrasts. Results show effects of both the language variety alone as well as interaction effects between the dialects and labels indicating ostensible family origin information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-98
Number of pages15
JournalLanguage and Communication
Volume67
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Language use
  • Language variation
  • Miami
  • Perceptual dialectology
  • Personality
  • Spanish

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language

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