In recent years, however, changes in the demographic landscape and language maintenance by non-english speaking immigrants, particularly hispanics, have been perceived as threats and have led to calls for an official english language policy this thesis aims to contribute to the study of language policy making from a. New york, april 13, 2013 — the united states, contrary to popular belief, has no official language federal legislators have proposed laws to make english the official business language of the united states, and every year that legislation dies what if we got serious about passing federal legislation to. Not limited to describing the nature and context of the language debate, language policy and identity politics in the united states reaches the conclusion that a policy of linguistic pluralism, coupled schmidt highlights conflict around bilingual education and efforts to make english the official language of the united states. Language michael dichiara 1 introduction recently, the campaign to make english the official language of the united states (us) has been gaining the official language of the us, are being debated before congress4 furthermore, opponents fear the public health and safety problems. Demonstrators attending a pro-immigration rally in san francisco hold signs in spanish, including one which reads legal status for all'' linguists and historians say the current immigration debate and proposals to make english the official language of the us resemble other linguistic struggles across the. Lulac has monitored the emergence and growing prominence of the movement to declare english the official language in some states this movement, if unchallenged, will eventually make english the official language of the united states of north america lulac, has debated this issue on countless occasions, has.
Meanwhile, in congress, legislators have widely ignored this issue, despite the introduction of bills in both the house and senate efforts to make english the official language of the united states, however, have a long history in congress such measures have passed one chamber or the other five times (in. Read through this case study to get an idea of the issues involved in making english the official language of the united states to begin, you should read the following texts, all of which are available online these readings will help you understand the issues regarding making english the official language of the united. Only a handful of countries across the globe do not have an official language, and the discussion has been heating up about whether the united states should be taken off of that list this national issue calls attention to the large number of non-english speakers in the local community, as well as how well. A push for english to be the official language of the us has both a dark history and a regressive vision for the future.
This leads to a bigger question: should america adopt english as the only official language frankly, no this issue has come up most recently in the state house of representatives two bills, house bill 361 and hb 888, are circulating that would make english the official language of pennsylvania. This paper studies the issue of language planning and policy formation as it affects language minority adults in the united states any attempt, therefore, at language planning, as illustrated by efforts to amend the usa constitution by making english the nation's official language, should be of interest to the adult education. In the november 1988 elections, three states—colorado, arizona, and florida— passed measures making english the official language of those states these victorie attitudes of the writers certain themes that regularly appeared on both sides of the issue may be taken as elements of current american ideology.
This is a controversial issue for many english has been the de facto language of the united states since the country's founding, but contrary to what most people think, the us does not have an official language the debate the first attempt to make english the official language of the country dates back to. Some people think that english shouldn't be the official language of the us but most of them only speak english themselves just about every major form of media is spoken, or projected, in englishit wouldn't make sense for it not to be the official language nearly 92% of americans speak english it is actually the most. We may not come to a consensus about what to do about illegal immigration anytime soon, but we can rally around a policy promoting english as a unifying force. The result is the proposed english language amendment (ela), a constitutional amendment making english the official language of the united states while there is no record of debate on the translation provision that day, if sentiment on the issue in congress was anything like sentiment in pennsylvania, translation.
So today, in this debate, we are discussing this issue from the perspective of over 200 years of american history, of our culture and the things we hold dear we should look eight-six percent of all americans support establishing english as the official language of the us government in fact, in a recent. Acquisition of the new host language this question must be answered before any founding fathers debates can be accurately defined on linguistic grounds support making english the official language of government at all levels and encourage immigrants to learn english (us english 1996a) funds from this.
The english-only movement, also known as the official english movement, is a political movement for the use of only the english language in official united states government operations through the establishment of english as the only official language in the us the us has never had a legal policy proclaiming an official. In a new twist to the contentious immigration debate, the senate has voted to designate english the national language of the united states, and to the amendment has mainly symbolic significance and may not make it into the immigration bill that eventually emerges from the senate, let alone into the.
States reflect yet another aspect of the complicated ongoing national debate over immigration policy 123, to declare english the official language of the united states government and restricting other primary language is other than english , has created a public policy divide on issues of language. Language politics and policy in the united states: implications for the immigration debate by april linton university of california, san diego working paper 141 (us english 2005a) besides its primary mission of making english the official language of the united states,. On august 1 of last year the us house of representatives approved a bill that would make english the official language of the united states the vote was 259 to 169, with 223 republicans and thirty-six democrats voting in favor and eight republicans, 160 democrats, and one independent voting against the debate was. Debate whether or not english should be the official language of the united states voice your opinion, and learn about each side of the debate.