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According to the latest US Census Bureau report, the US Hispanic population reached a record mark of 62.6 million (18.9% of the total population) in 2021, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest racial or ethnic minority. This course provides a descriptive and critical overview of the linguistic practices of the different Spanish-speaking communities in the United States and specifically those spoken in New York City (e.g., Mexican, Puerto Rican, Dominican, Colombian, Salvadoran, Honduran, Guatemalan, Cuban communities, among others). The main objective of the course is to develop critical and linguistic awareness about the relationship between language, individual, and society, in the context of the use of Spanish in the United States, with special emphasis on historical migration patterns and settlements, characteristics of Spanish in contact with English, and language use and language attitudes patterns. Finally, we will discuss the role of Spanish in the public life, in education and the future of the Spanish language in the U.S.

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