Linguistic Analyses of Community in Hermanos Unidos de UCLA

Hermanos Unidos de UCLA, one of fourteen branches throughout California, is a cultural organization that aims to foster a community for Latino men in higher education. The organization prides itself on building an accessible and tight-knit community that assists Latino students throughout their academic careers to ensure their success in school. Throughout our research, led by Brenda Aguilar, Lauren Miller, and Pinkie Su, and supervised by professor Jan Hauck, we found numerous instances where linguistic features conveyed many of the values HU builds within its community, along with other instances that conflict with their principles. The organization communicates vocally through the American English language, accompanied by nonverbal elements to construct a familia identity. Particularly, the use of prosody, body language, and temporal relationships are significant in establishing and acknowledging their community membership.

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