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George Lopez and code-switching

You can use this clip from the George Lopez TV show to analyze code-switching.

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“Reasonable suspicion” and “illegality” in the Daily Show

Here’s a send up on the ambiguities of “reasonable suspicion” and “illegality” from the Daily Show from May 2011, apropos of Arizona’s immigration law: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-may-6-2010/suspicious-behavior-on-cinco-de-mayo This clip would be great to pair with the Glenn Beck video posted on this site, which is … Continue reading

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Perfect English in I Love Lucy

In this clip from I Love Lucy, Lucy is intent on teaching her future child to speak “perfect English”, and she criticizes her husband Ricky Ricardo’s English pronunciation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjadbW2ZARg&feature=related [UPDATE 1/23/2016: The clip originally linked to is not available, but see two … Continue reading

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Rob Gronkowski “Yo soy fiesta”

In this interview for ESPN Deportes, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski attempts to speak some Spanish and ends the interview by saying, “Yo soy fiesta” (I am party). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0jne_g5IO4 Two Sports Hub radio announcers created this youtube party anthem inspired … Continue reading

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2010 Colbert Report on creating fear through images

On the subject of constructing Latin American immigrants as inherintly “illegal,” here is a great clip from a 2010 Colbert Report show– http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/361456/october-07-2010/indecision-2010—revenge-of-the-fallen—fearstock-com If the link doesn’t work or load, people can find it by searching for “Colbert fearstock.com“.

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Anti-illegal alien website

This anti-illegal alien site contains rants about illegal aliens and compares them to thieves, invaders, etc:  http://www.illegalaliens.us/ Some of the more interesting links on the site include the ‘Illegal Illegals Song’ and ‘Euphemisms.’ Tons of other links to explore as well.

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Sotomayor “You have lots of splainin to do”

“You have lots of ‘splaining to do”…  Senator Tom Corburn (R-Oklahoma) interrupted Supreme Court candidate Sonia Sotomayor’s explanation about gun laws with this phrase, which echoes what Ricky Ricardo used to say to Lucy on the television show “I Love Lucy” … Continue reading

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Politicians’ remarks about Hispanic voters and chimichangas

From Taco- to Chimichanga-Gate * “Insensitive Remarks Know No Party” by Kathleen McKinley,Houston Chronicle (February 18, 2012) http://blog.chron.com/texassparkle/2012/02/insensitive-remarks-knows-no-party/ * “The chimichanga wars” By Dana Milbank,Washington Post (February 17, 2012) http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-chimichanga-wars/2012/02/17/gIQAFEBrJR_story.html * “Friday Talking Points — Milbank’s Unfunny Puns” By Chris … Continue reading

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Glee “The Spanish Teacher” episode

This episode of Glee is all about negotiating the Spanish language in an English-dominant US high school. There are some great examples of indexicality and lines that could be considered Mock Spanish. The episode can be accessed on hulu: http://www.hulu.com/watch/326451/glee-the-spanish-teacher Moments … Continue reading

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Spanish at the Golden Globes

In this clip from the 2012 Golden Globes, the TV series Modern Family is presented with an award, and the legitimacy of Spanish and intelligibility of Spanish speaking actors is negotiated.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9b6HG9KTtnQ These are the key moments to look for: … Continue reading

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