Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 1-27-1985


The purpose of the present investigation was to examine the attitudes of Spanish speakers of an Albuquerque community toward local and standard Mexican Spanish. The preferences expressed and the linguistic elements involved in such decisions were explored. Sociolinguistic factors related to individual and group choices were also considered.

In order to probe the relationship between social and linguistic facts, a single community was investigated. Martineztown, a small, insular Albuquerque Spanish-speaking community was first observed with regard to availability of formal models of Spanish. Sociolinguistic and ethnographic interviews were then conducted. Additional interviews were completed in other New Mexico communities to provide geographical breadth


Sociolinguistics, Ethnography, Martineztown, Spanish, Mexican Spanish


Graduate Student Association Allocation Committee

Document Type




Degree Name

Educational Linguistics

Level of Degree


Department Name

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies

First Committee Member (Chair)

Garland Bills

Second Committee Member

Erlinda Gonzales-Berry

Third Committee Member

Vera John-Steiner

Fourth Committee Member

Gladys Levis Pilz