Siler City, NC

About the Site

This project was the first project begun by the NCLLP whose primary focus was Hispanic English. Siler City had been a rather quiet small Southern town until local chicken-processing plants began recruiting workers from Mexico and Central America during the 1980s. In twenty years, the town became predominantly Hispanic. Later on, Siler City became a point of contrast for our other Hispanic-focus study sites because, unlike Raleigh and Durham, it is a small town.

Research Questions

The main linguistic aim of the Siler City study was to examine how a new dialect of English develops, especially in the context of adjacent rural European American and African American communities.


Moriello, Beckie. 2003. 'I’m feeksin’ to move…' Chicano English in Siler City, North Carolina. Masters Thesis, North Carolina State University.