The Multilingual Apple: Languages in New York City

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Ofelia Garcia, Ofelia García, Joshua A. Fishman
Walter de Gruyter, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 373 pages

This book will be of special interest to the general reader concerned with the issue of language in the United States, as well as the language specialist and sociolinguist. It has been written to inform those wishing to learn more about the role that languages other than English have had, and continue to have, in the life of the most important United States city, New York. At the same time this volume makes an important contribution to the scholarly literature on urban multilingualism and the sociology of language. The book contains chapters on languages of ethnolinguistic groups who arrived early in New York and which have been somewhat silenced (Irish, German, Yiddish), the languages of groups who made early contributions and continue to be heard in the city (Italian, Greek , Spanish, Hebrew), and languages which are acquiring an important voice in the city today (Chinese, Indian languages, English creoles, Haitian Creole).

 

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Contents

Irish in nineteenth century New York
53
German in New York
71
Yiddish in New York
93
Italian in New York
119
Greek in New York
143
Spanish in New York
167
Hebrew in New York
203
Chinese in New York
231
The languages of India in New York
257
Haitian Creole in New York
281
English Caribbean Creole in New York
301
Do ethnics have culture?
341
Contributors
355
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