ICS Lecture: “The Dominican-Rican ethnic-dialectal continuum and its sociolinguistic context”


The Institute of Caribbean Studies at the  University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP), celebrating its 60th anniversary, invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “¿Percepción real o acomodo perceptivo?  El continuo étnico-dialectal domi-rriqueño y su contexto sociolingüístico” [Real perception or perceptive adaptation? The Dominican-Rican ethno-dialectal continuum and its sociolinguistic context] by Dr. Luis A. Ortiz López and graduate student Cristina Martínez (Department of Hispanic Studies and the Linguistics Graduate Program, School of Humanities, UP-RP). Dr. Eva Michelle Wheeler (Department of English and Foreign Languages, Oakwood University, Huntsville, Alabama) will comment the lecture.

The activity will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2018, from 1:00 to 3:30pm at Room 238 of the Ramón Emeterio Betances (REB) Building, School of the Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description: In this presentation, we examine, through a test of auditory perception, direct and implicit attitudes of Puerto Ricans and Dominicans towards the Puerto Rican-Dominican ethnic-dialectal continuum, represented by five auditory stimuli (Puerto Rican, Dominican-Puerto Rican, Puerto Rican-Dominican, established Dominican, and Dominican newcomer). We measured—through direct and indirect questions and through a series of photos—physical, social and psychological properties associated with such stimuli, such as ethnic and linguistic origin, skin color, social class, place of residence, education/profession, intelligence and affability, in order to account for the ethno-sociolinguistic constructs that both the Puerto Rican receiving community and the Dominican community have. As part of the findings, both instruments produced very systematic responses, which confirm that auditory perceptions can be linked to linguistic, physical, social and psychological aspects of the subjects (Díaz & Navarro, 2009; Carrillo, 2005; Blas Arroyo, 1999 ).

This presentation will be broadcast LIVE online through the UPR-Rio Piedras web site at http://uprrp.edu.

Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be very welcome at iec.ics@upr.edu.

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[Image above from https://www.dailydot.com/news/puerto-rican-dominican-problems-hashtag-fight/.]

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