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Title

Spanish in the United States: An Analysis of the Linguistic Landscapes of Rural Hampton, Iowa, and Clarion, Iowa

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Keywords

Hispanic Americans--Iowa--Hampton; Hispanic Americans--Iowa--Clarion; Spanish language--Iowa--Hampton--Usage; Spanish language--Iowa--Clarion--Usage;

Abstract

Investigations exist about Linguistic Landscapes in areas with large populations of minority languages, but there are not many investigations of towns, especially small rural towns. Further, there are not many investigations about the correlation between the minority language and the representation of the language through community signage. Through an analysis of photos of signs, advertisements and other writings in the communities of Hampton, Iowa, and Clarion, Iowa, this presentation explores the correlation between the percentage of Hispanos/Latinos in the two towns and the percentage of signs with Spanish writing in order to see if the minority population is represented proportionately in the communities. In addition, this presentation explores the type and quality of signs and how the signs affect the power and acceptance of the language. The presentation will compare and contrast the two towns and offer an explanation for the similarities and differences.

Start Date

4-4-2017 1:00 PM

End Date

4-4-2017 4:30 PM

Faculty Advisor

Elise DuBord

Department

Department of Languages and Literatures

Comments

Location: Maucker Union State College Room

Embargo Date

4-4-2017

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Spanish in the United States: An Analysis of the Linguistic Landscapes of Rural Hampton, Iowa, and Clarion, Iowa

Investigations exist about Linguistic Landscapes in areas with large populations of minority languages, but there are not many investigations of towns, especially small rural towns. Further, there are not many investigations about the correlation between the minority language and the representation of the language through community signage. Through an analysis of photos of signs, advertisements and other writings in the communities of Hampton, Iowa, and Clarion, Iowa, this presentation explores the correlation between the percentage of Hispanos/Latinos in the two towns and the percentage of signs with Spanish writing in order to see if the minority population is represented proportionately in the communities. In addition, this presentation explores the type and quality of signs and how the signs affect the power and acceptance of the language. The presentation will compare and contrast the two towns and offer an explanation for the similarities and differences.