<italic>Hablamos los dos</italic> in the Windy City

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This chapter offers an analysis of codeswitching in Latino Chicago. The data were collected in one-hour, Spanish language sociolinguistic interviews with 64 Puerto Ricans, Mexicans and MexiRicans from three generational groups. We argue that codeswitching is a shared practice in the Chicago bilingual community that is utilized by Puerto Rican, Mexican and MexiRican speakers who have a solid proficiency in both languages and also by speakers for whom codeswitching may be a sign of language shift in process. The frequency of codeswitching varies by ethnolinguistic group and generation, and codeswitching has differing functions for speakers with varying proficiency levels in the same community.


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