Language Diversity in the USA (Paperback)Kim Potowski (editor)
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 346
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 228 x 151 x 17 mm
'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
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