‘From neglect to re-discovery’: language and identity amongst Spanish migrants in the United Kingdom

Pozo Gutiérrez, Alicia (2007) ‘From neglect to re-discovery’: language and identity amongst Spanish migrants in the United Kingdom. International Journal of Iberian Studies, 19, (3), 205-230. (doi:10.1386/ijis.19.3.205_1).


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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/ijis.19.3.205_1


This article explores the relationship between language and identity in the context of post-war European migration as it relates to a group of Spaniards who settled permanently in Hampshire and Dorset between 1950 and 1974. Using oral history testimonies and data extracted from Spanish migrant periodicals published in the United Kingdom during the 1970s and early 1980s, the article focuses on the tension between the maintenance of the Spanish mother tongue and the acquisition of English, the majority language of the host country, arguing that a considerable language shift towards English has taken place, which may only now begin to be reversed given the increasing popularity that the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures are currently enjoying in Anglo-speaking cultural contexts.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1386/ijis.19.3.205_1
ISSNs: 1364-971X (print)
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Keywords: spanish emigration, language, identity, integration, acculturation, united kingdom
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PH Finno-Ugrian, Basque languages and literatures
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Modern Languages
ePrint ID: 46056
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
20 February 2007Published
Date Deposited: 17 May 2007
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:20
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/46056

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