New Book on the Future of the Spanish Language in the U.S.

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The United States is currently the second largest country of Spanish speakers in the world. This is a consequence of the native command of that language by part of the U.S. population, but also of the numerous and growing diaspora of Hispanic migrants who have settled in the country. Because of the leadership of the United States, the persistence of Spanish as a living language will constitute a powerful factor supporting the strength of Spanish in international scenarios.

This new book focuses on the language practices of Hispanic immigrants in the United States. El futuro del español en Estados Unidos: La lengua en las comunidades de migrantes hispanos (Barcelona: Fundación Telefonica / Ariel, 2013) was edited by José Antonio Alonso, Jorge Durand, and Rodolfo Guerra. In this volume, a large number of specialists, all of whom are professors of Latino origin in various U.S. universities, analize from different perspectives the multiple factors that may be influencing the present and future vitality of Spanish as the second language of the United States.

The result is a rich and complex work, about a crucial topic, that will influence the future of Spanish as an international language.

The volume includes contributions by CRI Director Jorge Duany and Faculty Affiliate Guillermo J. Grenier. The entire work can be downloaded here.