Language Diversity in the USA (Google eBook)

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Kim Potowski
Cambridge University Press, Aug 5, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines
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What are the most widely spoken non-English languages in the USA? How did they reach the USA? Who speaks them, to whom, and for what purposes? What changes do these languages undergo as they come into contact with English? This book investigates the linguistic diversity of the USA by profiling the twelve most commonly used languages other than English. Each chapter paints a portrait of the history, current demographics, community characteristics, economic status, and language maintenance of each language group, and looks ahead to the future of each language. The book challenges myths about the 'official' language of the USA, explores the degree to which today's immigrants are learning English and assimilating into the mainstream, and discusses the relationship between linguistic diversity and national unity. Written in a coherent and structured style, Language Diversity in the USA is essential reading for advanced students and researchers in sociolinguistics, bilingualism, and education.
  

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Contents

Language contact in the USA
25
Native American languages in the USA
47
Spanish in the USA
66
Chinese in the USA
81
Tagalog in the USA
96
French in the USA
110
Vietnamese in the USA
128
German in the USA
146
Italian in the USA
195
Arabic in the USA
206
Portuguese in the USA
223
Polish in the USA
238
Language policy in the USA
255
Notes
272
Media resources related to the top twelve nonEnglish
278
References
285

Korean in the USA
164
Russian in the USA
179

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About the author (2010)

Kim Potowski is Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her previous publications include Language and Identity in a Dual Immersion School (2007).

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