“Is that what I sound like when I speak?” Academic Article uri icon


  • This study investigates language attitudes towards English, Spanish and code-switching in two Texas border cities (Laredo and Edinburg) by means of a matched guise test with three attribute dimensions (solidarity, status, and personal appeal). It was found that there were no significant overall differences between attitudes in the two cities. As anticipated, code-switching received the lowest ratings in all dimensions; English and Spanish were matched for status, and Spanish received the highest scores for solidarity. When the variable of gender was considered (both for raters and speakers), differences in ratings emerged, evidence that in both cities the three varieties play different roles in mediating gender relations.

published proceedings

  • Spanish in Context

author list (cited authors)

  • Rangel, N., Loureiro-Rodrguez, V., & Moyna, M. I.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Rangel, Natalie||Loureiro-Rodríguez, Verónica||Moyna, María Irene

publication date

  • September 2015