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Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


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Reader 1

Martin Vega

Reader 2

Kimberly Drake


Phoenix is a city that is expanding rapidly year after year due to an influx of people moving there for various reasons from more accessible housing to an increase in employment opportunities. Given its immigrant and Spanish-speaking population, my focus is to talk about linguistic accessibility in Phoenix for people who are primarily Spanish speakers. Through oral history interviews with primarily Spanish speakers and ethnographic fieldwork in Phoenix, I argue that language is formed and learned through community and that language builds community. This research reveals that traffic signage, including those for drivers, pedestrians, public transportation, reflects the political and social atmosphere but can also be used to create bridges for and between communities.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.