On the pragmatic function of anglicisms in Spanish: a case study


  • María Isabel González Cruz
  • María Jesús Rodríguez Medina




Anglicisms, Spanish language, Pragmatic function


Anglicisms are a complex phenomenon resulting from language contact and cultural globalization. They are greatly encouraged by the technological and cultural influence exerted by the Anglo-American world. Little has been said so far about usage as a factor. Besides, there is a type of anglicism of a pragmatic nature which remains almost unexplored. It is used in some communicative situations with a sort of expressive or aesthetic function, which some authors have called “ludic” or “empathic”, since they tend to mark oral discourse with humorous or ironic features. In this article we will approach the concept of pragmatic function within this field of anglicisms. To illustrate it, we will provide some examples taken from research previously carried out in the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, with a group of young speakers, undoubtedly the social group most overtly exposed to the influence of anglicisms.


Research Project ULPGC07-012 Anglicismos en el habla de los jóvenes de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, funded by the Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.


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How to Cite

González Cruz, María Isabel, and María Jesús Rodríguez Medina. 2011. “On the Pragmatic Function of Anglicisms in Spanish: A Case Study”. Alicante Journal of English Studies / Revista Alicantina De Estudios Ingleses, no. 24 (November):257-73. https://doi.org/10.14198/raei.2011.24.11.