Visit our Christmas Gift Finder
Click & Collect from 2 Hours*
Free Delivery to UK Shops
Free UK Standard Delivery On all orders £20 and over Free Delivery to UK Shops Local shops and expert booksellers nationwide Free Click & Collect to UK shops From 2 hours of your order*
Language Diversity in the USA (Paperback)
  • Language Diversity in the USA (Paperback)
zoom

Language Diversity in the USA (Paperback)

(editor)
£32.99
Paperback 346 Pages / Published: 05/08/2010
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 2 weeks

  • This item has been added to your basket
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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521745338
Number of pages: 346
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 228 x 151 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'We come away with a new admiration for the country that has learned to treasure its diversity, for the languages themselves, and for the authors that have so ably brought them together with rich and extensive literature.' Joshua Fishman, Yeshiva University
'Congratulations to Kim Potowski and her contributors. This is a fascinating volume, full of surprises even for longtime scholars in the field. No doubt it will be seen as the definitive work in this area for many years to come.' James Crawford, Institute for Language and Education Policy
'... a welcome addition to the field. While previous research endeavors have illuminated a general idea of the current and past US linguistic landscapes, this volume is innovative in that each chapter addresses both the overall situation and the specifics of the ten most commonly spoken non-English languages in the United States. This comprehensive volume further sets itself apart by its research contributions from top linguistic scholars with expertise in each of the minority languages. In particular, Potowski's introductory chapter successfully addresses the increasingly polemical topic of 'immigrant' languages threatening the hegemony of English and, with it, American national unity. This is especially beneficial and eye-opening to beginning students at a moment when topics such as immigration and immigration reform make the headlines on a daily basis ... an exceptional book aimed at educators and students interested in the field of languages in contact.' The Linguist List
'Each chapter provides a wealth of information on a commonly spoken language other than English (LOTE). This information includes demographic information, discussions of language loyalty, the economic status of these groups and the nature of their linguistic communities.' Robert N. St Clair, Language Problems and Language Planning
"Data-driven, carefully documented, and well researched, this volume is introduced by Potowski (Univ of Illinois, Chicago) with both a compelling argument for a language-inclusion policy and a neatly organized, comprehensive review of the history of the interplay of linguistics and politics since the first settlement of the linguistically diverse US. These rich essays cumulatively present a comprehensive examination that will serve those interested in linguistics and social sciences, including anthropology, education and public policy. Highly recommended." --Choice

You may also be interested in...

Dent's Modern Tribes
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Fucking Apostrophes
Added to basket
Lost in Translation
Added to basket
Doric For Beginners
Added to basket
Babel
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Don't Believe A Word
Added to basket
The Language Instinct
Added to basket
An Unkindness of Ravens
Added to basket
A Gardener's Latin
Added to basket
The Wee Book a Glesca Banter
Added to basket
Mythologies
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Have You Eaten Grandma?
Added to basket
Because Internet
Added to basket
Confabulations
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
The Etymologicon
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.