Bilingual and Literacy Studies Faculty Publications and Presentations

The Value of Spanglish in the Rio Grande Valley

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We naturally learn to speak from the language of those around us. In Texas, there exists a border region known as the Rio Grande Valley, which utilizes a mix of English and Spanish language. Valley natives use a combination of the English and Spanish languages to create a new language known as Spanglish. This study is intended to provide an insight into the language of Spanglish / Tex-Mex as it is used in the Rio Grande Valley. This study provides examples, photographs, and testimonios of those living in El Valle. The purpose of this study is to present qualities that validate Spanglish / Tex-Mex as a language.

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Journal of Bilingual Education Research & Instruction