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EL REGUETÓN: ANÁLISIS DEL LÉXICO DE LA MÚSICA DE LOS REGUETONEROS PUERTORRIQUEÑOS by ASHLEY ELIZABETH WOOD (2009/5)

EL REGUETÓN: ANÁLISIS DEL LÉXICO DE LA MÚSICA DE LOS REGUETONEROS PUERTORRIQUEÑOS by ASHLEY ELIZABETH WOOD (2009/5)

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ABSTRACT
This paper examines some of the linguistic qualities of reggaeton in order to determine to which extent the music represents the speech of the urban residents of Puerto Rico. The lyrics are analyzed in order to see if they are used only within the context of reggaeton or if they are part of the Puerto Rican lexicon in general. The political context of Puerto Rico with respect to the United States is taken in to consideration with the formation of Anglicisms and the use of English. The paper summarizes the current knowledge of the Puerto Rican lexicon and highlights two linguistic studies that focus on reggaeton in addition to providing general background information about the genre. In the analysis section, 20 words that are commonly found in reggaeton songs are analyzed using two accredited dictionaries and three “urban dictionaries” in order to determine their meanings, uses and origins.
ABSTRACT
This paper examines some of the linguistic qualities of reggaeton in order to determine to which extent the music represents the speech of the urban residents of Puerto Rico. The lyrics are analyzed in order to see if they are used only within the context of reggaeton or if they are part of the Puerto Rican lexicon in general. The political context of Puerto Rico with respect to the United States is taken in to consideration with the formation of Anglicisms and the use of English. The paper summarizes the current knowledge of the Puerto Rican lexicon and highlights two linguistic studies that focus on reggaeton in addition to providing general background information about the genre. In the analysis section, 20 words that are commonly found in reggaeton songs are analyzed using two accredited dictionaries and three “urban dictionaries” in order to determine their meanings, uses and origins.

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