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El tú como un “mask”: Voseo and Salvadoran and Honduran Identity in the United States

Michael R. Woods / Susana V. Rivera-Mills
Published Online: 2015-03-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/shll-2012-1123


This sociolinguistic study explores linguistic attitudes of Salvadorans and Hondurans living in the United States towards the use of voseo, a distinguishing feature of Central American Spanish. Using sociolinguistic interviews and ethnographic observations, the Central American experience in Oregon and Washington is examined regarding linguistic attitudes toward voseo and tuteo and how these influence Salvadoran and Honduran identity in U.S. communities that are primarily Mexican-American. Initial findings point to participants developing ethnolinguistic masks and an expanded use of tú as a strategic approach to integration into the established Mexican-American community, while at the same time maintaining a sense of Central American identity.

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Published Online: 2015-03-20

Published in Print: 2012-03-01

Citation Information: Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics, Volume 5, Issue 1, Pages 191–216, ISSN (Online) 2199-3386, ISSN (Print) 1939-0238, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/shll-2012-1123.

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