Marc Gehlsen

Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2017

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Modern Languages and Literatures

First Advisor

Martínez-Mira, Marisa

Second Advisor

Lewis, Betsy

Major or Concentration



The analysis of stance taking in discourse has several implications about the expression of the identity of the speaker by means of sentence formation consistent with patterns among members of a speech community. This study focuses on the ways in which speakers that are considered a part of the millennial generation (birth dates between 1982 and 2004) express their identity as US-born Latino heritage speakers. Through an analysis of previous case studies, pre-recorded individual interviews of the target group, and research in the field of stance taking, I outline the ways in which a speaker can use stance to express attitudes towards both languages.