And the Mexican Indian Also Goes “How”? The Use of Mock Indigenous Spanish by Lorenzo Córdova, Director of the Mexican Electoral Commission
This paper describes the linguistic features used by a prominent Mexican public official to mock the Spanish of two Mexican indigenous leaders. It compares the features found in this performance of “Mock Indigenous Spanish” to the features of “Hollywood Injun English” speech, as well as to the actual speech of the indigenous leaders in question. This paper shows how features meant to characterize speakers as disfluent, unsophisticated, and unintelligent are reproduced across languages and cultures.