Hernandez, Amy M
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Spanish and English have coexisted in many areas of the United States since its independence. English has influenced Spanish in many ways as a result of this contact producing a mixed code called Spanglish. Spanglish is spoken by bilingual speakers of both languages, and to other speakers of Spanglish. The idea that Spanglish has been growing in popularity and even in acceptability has both excited and frightened speakers of Spanish and English alike. This work explores the linguistic processes involved in Spanglish as well as discusses who speaks Spanglish and why. Ten bilingual speakers of Spanish and English living in Georgia were recorded to analyze their informal speech patterns. The features of Spanglish discussed are the lexical borrowings, morphological additions, and code switching. The instances of code switching were proven to be bound by syntactic rules which are also discussed.