The English-Only Question: An Official Language for Americans?

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Yale University Press, Jul 1, 1992 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 247 pages
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Should the United States declare English its official language? In this lively and engrossing book, an often-quoted authority on the English language provides the first comprehensive, historically based discussion of this troubling issue. Dennis Baron dispassionately explores the philosophical, legal, political, educational, and sociological implications of the official-English movement, tracing the history of American attitudes toward English and minority languages during the past two centuries. Baron discusses the recent background of the English Language Amendment, explains the arguments on each side, and assesses its future. His book will enable policymakers, voters, legislators, and educators to better understand the complex issues that surround the question of an official language for America.
 

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This well-researched and informative book is divided into six chapters: "An Official Language,'' "Language and Liberty,'' "Defending the Native Tongue,'' "Language and the Law,'' "Americanization and ... Read full review

Contents

An Official Language
1
Language and Liberty
27
Defending the Native Tongue
64
Language and the Law
94
Americanization and the Schools
133
The Future of English
177
State OfficialEnglish Laws as
201
Index
217
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