brilliant (yosh_vik) wrote in linguaphiles,

Spanish and English Language Stereotypes

Hi all,

I'm currently working on an assignment about the stereotypes that arise form language use, and I'd really appreciated if you could help me.

Basically, I'm investigating how language use (phrases, tone etc) can effect the perceptions we have of Spanish and English speakers.

For example, you don't say 'please' and 'thank you' as much in Spanish as you do English, but if a native Spanish speaker were to say something like 'close the door' or 'read this' in English without a please or thank you, they may be perceived as being rude or blunt, when in Spanish, this utterance would be perfectly acceptable.

It's this sort of linguistically created stereotype  that I am interested in.

If there are any Spanish or English native speakers, or any Spanish or English students here who have a similar experience they'd like to share I'd be very grateful.

Thank you.

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