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A STUDY: SPANISH AND CHINESE IN NEW YORK CITY’S  PUBLIC SPACES

In multicultural, multilingual New York City, it is not unusual for residents who have a heritage language other than English to use that language when they are in public areas in the company of others who speak that language: on the subway, in a store, in a park.  The purpose of this study is to find out what such experiences are like.  How comfortable are bilingual people speaking their heritage languages?  Are New Yorkers accepting of the public use of languages other than English, or do they react negatively when people around them use such languages?  The author of this study, a professor and linguist who teaches and does research in New York, hopes that the answers yield a picture of what it means for a city to be multilingual, and what it means to be a multilingual New Yorker.

If you are a resident of New York City, you are at least 19 years old, and you speak either Spanish or Chinese as a heritage language, in addition to speaking English, you are invited to take part in this brief survey.  Your place of birth is not important.  Your identity cannot be traced by the researcher.  The survey consists of (1) five brief statistical questions, (2) a question in which you rate the frequency of your use of Spanish or Chinese in various situations, and (3) four open-ended questions that you can answer as briefly or extensively as you wish.  The survey itself is in English, but it is offered in two versions depending on whether your heritage language is Spanish or Chinese.

If you wish to take part in this survey and  your heritage language is Spanish,

 CLICK HERE

If you wish to take part in this survey and your heritage language is Chinese,

CLICK HERE 

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