Linguistic Anthropology

Is Spanglish a language?
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  1. Spanglish is not an actual language, despite its widespread use among Hispanic people. The blending of Spanish and English involved in Spanglish is quite arbitrary and operates according to a logic that relies heavily on an individual speaker's background. The structure of a sentence or even the vocabulary used depends on where the speaker originates from, where they are speaking the Spanglish, how old the speaker is and a range of other factors. Linguists commonly refer to a phenomenon like Spanglish as a pidgin, which is a language based on a simplified syntax and grammar that acts as an intermediary between people who don't have a common language.

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