Spanglish is a phenomenon that is very well recognized among many Americans, though many do not understand what Spanglish necessarily is. Even scholars seem to be unable to come up with a consensus for how to define Spanglish. Before beginning my research, I only knew of Spanglish as a dialect that is a mix of Spanish and English.
Most Americans have heard of the term “Spanglish,” whether by the film bearing the same title from 2004, or the experience of hearing someone mix Spanish and English in a sentence. But what is Spanglish? Is it another language? And who is speaking it, and in what settings? What is the prevalence of Spanglish in the United States, and what role will it have for a country whose largest minority is Latinos (16.3 percent based on the most recent census)? (Ennis, Ríos-Vargas, & Albert, 2011)