Romance Languages and Linguistic Communities in the United States




Manel Lacorte and

Teresa Cabal Krastel (eds.)




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Selected papers presented at the colloquium that took place at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2000.



College Park, MD, October 2002

Latin American Studies Center, University of Maryland

ISBN: 00-9721345-0-6



Table of contents


Introduction, prologue

Plenary sessions

Teaching and learning Romance languages

Mass media and new technologies in the Romance languages

Images, functions, and sociocultural issues in Romance languages




Manel Lacorte and Teresa Cabal Krastel



Saul Sosnowski



Plenary sessions


Richard D Brecht

“Language in the United States: Sea change and rising boats”


Elizabeth B Welles

“Romance languages in the US: Perceptions of the field from Thomas Jefferson to the millennium”




Teaching and learning Romance languages


 Sanda Golopentia

“Teaching Romance languages in the US: The invisible part”


 Myriam Met

“Foreign language policy in American schools: Who decides?”


Andrew D Cohen

“Innovative approaches to language teaching and learning and their impact on the acquisition of Romance languages”


Colleen Ryan-Scheutz

“Cultural connections for intermediate courses: Joining language and literature with Italian popular culture”


Elmano M Costa

“The renaissance of Portuguese studies in California: The partnership of community and university”


Albert Valdman and Tom Klingler

“Stardardization or laissez-faire in linguistic revitalization: The case of Cajun and Creole in Louisiana”


Harold Ormsby

“‘Why am I doing this?’ Thoughts on minority-language teachers and teaching”


Mass media and new technologies in the Romance languages


Marcel Danesi

“Mediated language: The role of media in the evolution of the Romance languages”


Alain Clavet

“Le Gouvernement du Canada et le français sur 1’Internet”


Armando Guzmán

“The role of Spanish language television in 21st century America”


Patrizio Nissirio

“The Sopranos on the Ferrari: Reality and myth-making of Italian culture in America”


Ricardo Soca

“El español: Una lengua transatlántica en la Internet”


Rebecca Oxford

“New ways of knowing: Romance language education via new technologies in the new millenium”



Images, functions, and sociocultural issues in Romance languages


 Jaime Bernal Leongómez

“Las lenguas romances, integradoras del conocimiento entre las naciones”


Daniel Coste

“Plurilinguisme: De la diversité des images à la complementarité des fonctions”


 Massimo Fanfani

“Vitality of languages in the diversity of their roles: Italian in the era of global comunication”


 Esther Grossi

“A Aprendizagem das Línguas e a Construçao da Inteligencia”


 Jose Eduardo Agualusa

“De Lingua de Cobra a Lingua Matria. O portugues de Angola: idioma nacional, transnacional e de pacificaçao”


Eduardo Hernandez Chavez

“La lucha para el mantenimiento del español frente a la hegemonía del inglés”


Maria Carreira

“Preserving Spanish in the US: Opportunities and challenges in the new global economy”


© Círculo de Lingüística Aplicada a la Comunicación 14, May 2003. ISSN 1576-4737.


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