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Western Kentucky University

2017

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Language Choice Of Bilingual Musicians, Macy Lethco May 2017

Language Choice Of Bilingual Musicians, Macy Lethco

Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

Often unconsciously, every bilingual makes a choice in each interaction of which language to use. These choices have many motivating factors but are mainly based on the content of the message and the identity of the speaker. This may occur in seconds and without hesitation. If even here, a choice is taking place, how much more in the writing, composition, and production of a song or album? Artists, unlike speakers in a conversation, can choose the audience the communicate with. Musicians and music listeners who choose to define themselves in a personal bilingual identity, which at the same time is ...