Theses and Dissertations
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. Aje-Ori Agbese
Dr. Jennifer Lemanski
Dr. Yanrong Chang
According to the U.S Census Bureau, more than one million Hispanic or Latino individuals live in the southernmost area of Texas called The Rio Grande Valley (RGV). However, being Hispanic in the RGV does not mean you speak Spanish. In fact, most of the population speaks English and/or Spanish or “Spanglish” (Tex-Mex). As a result, individuals face code-switching (switching back and forth in two languages) when they communicate with one another. Which language do they prefer to express their emotions in? The study posed a research question along this line. Nine college students who met the research criteria were interviewed to determine whether they preferred to use their first or second language to express their emotions. The study found that regardless of participants’ first language, their language preference was highly dependent on which emotion they were communicating and to whom.
Hernandez, Elim, "Comunicando emociones: Language preferences for Hispanics in the Rio Grande Valley" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 43.
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