On the pronunciations of “Uvalde”

Interesting NPR article about various ways to pronounce Uvalde, and about language as a “signifier of race” and identity, and about power structures and anglicization, and respecting how people say their own town’s name, and more.

Content warning for descriptions of people having been punished for speaking Spanish.

Here’s a quote, though there’s lots more to the article than this:

All of these factors, Gruesz says, demonstrate how language became one of the first true markers of Latino identity in the U.S.—a category that is still difficult to understand today because it comprises so many different races, backgrounds and experiences, all building communities together through shared communication and cultural understanding.

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