This study draws upon Claudia Strauss’ (2004) model of cultural standing to analyze opinions regarding Fidel Castro and US-Cuba relations among three major groups of Miami Cubans, identified according to their time of immigration: early 1960s exiles, ‘Marielitos’ and their children (1980 exiles), and the younger generation (Miami-born grandchildren of 1960s exiles). I argue that the discourse features used to convey differing ideological stances on sending aid to Cuba or visiting the Island are reflective of two rather distinct ‘opinion communities’ in Cuban Miami. To that end, I explore the relationship between processes of simplification in the Spanish verb system and the discourse features of cultural standing by focusing on members of the younger generation, who generally perpetuate the exile discourse of their grandparents. The possibility of returning permanently to a post-Castro Cuban homeland is also analyzed through the lens of the discourse of common opinion.
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