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Is Spanglish a Language?

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Spanglish. What’s it all about? Is it a real language, or just a funky amalgam? Ilan Stavans‘ book Spanglish: The Making of a New American Language traces the varieties of Spanglish that have sprung up around the country, and includes his controversial translation of the first chapter of Don Quixote into Spanglish. Still, by academic standards, Spanglish itself is not technically a language. This is part of a complete episode.

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  • The mention of “learning” the dialect over the course of reading Trainspotting reminded me of a similar experience with A Clockwork Orange.

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