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October 18, 2011

Supernova presents: Valley Girls and Fresas in Mexico: Does everybody talk like Paris Hilton?

A presentation by Claudia Holguín Mendoza of Romance Languages.  Tuesday, October 25th at 7 pm in PLC 180.  Refreshments available.

This talk analyzes the construction of an emergent identity through language in a particular social network of bilingual Mexican youths on the U.S.-Mexico border of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas. The formation of these identities shows how current social stereotypes (i.e. ¨valley girls,¨ ¨fresas¨) in linguistic communities are expressed through their language use. The study also uncovers how these plural gendered ethnic identities are recreated by speakers through language within a particular ideological bilingual border setting that should no longer be seen as a periphery at the margins of two countries where locals “betray” their national identities, but rather as a socioeconomic and political center within neoliberalism and globalization.