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And the Winner is….but Why?

Between 70 to 75% of Latino voters chose Barack Obama as their leading man for president. Whether or not it had something to do with the many Spanish language ads produced by the Obama campaign some weeks ago (as mentioned in the past blog), one thing is for certain: Latinos support Obama! In fact, Mitt […]

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Hispanic Voters Encouraged to Vote through Spanish Language Ads

Ads posted by Obama and Romney teams aimed at Hispanic voters have popped up through many media outlets in the last couple of months, but more so in the last couple of weeks; right before the November elections. As many Latinos fall in the range of “undecided voters”, new advertisements aimed at this special group […]

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President Obama and The Power of Words

Tuesday night, at some moment during my CNN and BBC viewing marathon of inaugural activities and the apparent zenith of Obamamania, one of the many political analysts/commentators referred to “the power of words”. Although I’ve read one of Barack’s books and seen dozens of his debates and speeches, never underwhelmed by the man’s use of […]

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Language Change and Politics:

While language change may occur at varying speeds and due to diverse and numerous causes, many changes have political roots or explanations. Much of language change, obviously, has come about from human migration and the use of a language by non-native speakers, with the influences of the phonetic, syntactic and morphological rules of the migrants […]

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“Yes, we can” Translation

I was reading an article about Obama and the Spanish speakers in the States and I found that the journalist translated, the “YES WE CAN” campaign slogan as “si se puede” (if we can), instead of “Sí, se puede!”  (Yes we can!). What a difference an accent mark can make! The funniest thing about this […]

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