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Open Access The myth of the dumb Puerto Rican : circular migration and language struggle in Puerto Rico

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The myth of the dumb Puerto Rican : circular migration and language struggle in Puerto Rico

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Focuses on the character with which the link between language and identity has become invested in Puerto Rico, against the backdrop of migration and education. Author describes the efforts on the part of some of today's politicians and cultural elites to inculcate a 'historical myth' that revolves around the detrimental effect that contact with the English language is assumed to have on the mastery of Spanish, and on 'Puerto Rican identity'. She concludes with an estimate of the general effect of the language struggle on Puerto Rican identity.

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