This study provides a cross-dialectic comparison of first person singular subject pronoun expression in the Spanish varieties of two US-Mexico borderland communities, Southern Arizona and Southeast Texas. Using data collected from sociolinguistic interviews of 32 Spanish/English bilingual speakers, this analysis further explores the impact that trans-frontier practices have on the realization of subject pronouns in border communities and demonstrates the similarities in the variable grammar of the Spanish spoken in the US Southwest. The results show that both Arizona and Texas express first person singular pronouns at a similar rate (19.3% and 18.7%, respectively). Additionally, the linguistic factors that condition the variable (switch reference; clause type; tense, mood, and aspect; and whether or not the verb is reflexive) are very similar within each group.
Ryan M. Bessett. 2023. A cross dialectal comparison of first person singular subject pronoun expression in Southern Arizona and Southeast Texas. In Pekka Posio & Peter Herbeck (eds.), Referring to discourse participants in Ibero-Romance languages, 25–39. Berlin: Language Science Press. doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.8124488
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Referring to Discourse Participants in Ibero-Romance Languages