Spanglish Language Analysis

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The meaning of Spanglish Most descendants of immigrants do not remember the language of the family. As the generations grow, the old language is forgotten. But for the Spanish speaking immigrants in the USA, it is different. The two languages - English and Spanish - have been combined into one. Spanglish is still a living language today and it continues to live, even though years have passed. Ilan Stavans, author of the book "Spanglish: the making of a new American language," argues the pros and cons of the language in the article "The meaning of Spanglish," written by Silvana Paternostro. The article consists of a description of Stavans as a person and his career, followed by an interview. According to him, Spanglish is a way of accepting…show more content…
He has not observed every Spanglish-speaker in the world and as mentioned, he does not use statistics to convince the reader. So why do we even believe him? Firstly, the appeal form pathos allows us to sympathise with him. Secondly, we know that he teaches other people about the language, and we know that he has written a book about the subject. Therefore, he must have some form of authority. We know that what he has written is based on years of observation – thus the inductive argumentation. With all that in mind, we can apply the rhetorical pentagon to the text. The text argues the pros and cons of Spanglish, and gives us a better understanding of its origins The writer is The target group Silvana Paternostro consists of everyone Journalist with a relation to Spanglish The text is optimistic and has a clear message Spanglish is a growing language in America Because the text only focuses on individual opinions, it is hard to imagine what the general population thinks about Spanglish. It says that “many parents are unhappy with the Spanglish they speak,” (p.3, l. 24) but how many exactly is “many” ? And how does the writer know
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