What Does Baseball’s Bilingualism Reveal?

A linguistic anthropologist who is also a baseball aficionado reflects on what can be learned from how language mashups play out on and off the baseball diamond.

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Oct 27, 2020 · 9 min read
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Dominican-born Yordano Ventura, Kansas City Royals’ starting pitcher, holds up a Dominican flag following the team’s World Series victory in 2015. (Ventura died tragically in 2017.) Photo: Ed Zurga/Getty Images

By Brendan H. O’Connor

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