TitleLatinos or Hispanics? Changing Demographics, Implications, and Continued Diversity
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsRivera-Mills, S
JournalSouthwest Journal of Linguistics
Volume28
Issue2
Start Page1
Accession Number52587753
Abstract

The study of Spanish in the southwestern region of the United States includes both traditional and newly formed speech communities, as demonstrated by the many contributions to the body of research that look at the Spanish of this region. However, as we observe current demographic patterns, it is evident that there is a significant change from the dominant Mexican, Mexican-American focus to one that is more inclusive of the diversity and growth of other Hispanic/Latino populations. This paper focuses on presenting the changing demographics of Latinos in the U.S. and exemplifies the case of Oregon to show the implications those changing demographics may have on our cultural and linguistic landscape as well as on future research endeavors.