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Puerto Rico has been linked to Spanglish – both the style of speaking and the label – since the term was coined by a famous island detractor in 1948. More recently, Puerto Rican poets and linguists have been in the vanguard against purported “friends” unaware of the linguistic facts, against the Real Academia Española’s definition of “espanglish”, and the damaging views of the North American Academy of the Spanish language. An anthro-political linguistic analysis explains how the racialization of Puerto Ricans and other Latin@s is at the root of these attacks, and why the Spanglish label itself must be defended; supporting data include the attitudes of 115 U.S. Spanish speakers. Implications for linguistic tolerance, language loss, and education are addressed.


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