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The Resource Hold your tongue : bilingualism and the politics of English only, James Crawford

Hold your tongue : bilingualism and the politics of English only, James Crawford

Label
Hold your tongue : bilingualism and the politics of English only
Title
Hold your tongue
Title remainder
bilingualism and the politics of English only
Statement of responsibility
James Crawford
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Should English be the official language of the United States? The America of the 1990's is an ethnically diverse society in which language has become an increasing focus of conflict. As new immigrants continue to pour in, a movement has begun to declare English our official language. In this revealing report from the front lines, James Crawford takes us inside the heated debate over bilingualism - and shows us the destructive and xenophobic sides of the English Only Movement. He takes us to Arizona, where English-speaking residents pass an amendment prohibiting the use of Spanish in government offices to a Massachusetts city, where non-English speaking students are segregated in inferior classrooms; and to a California community where activists lobby to outlaw Chinese language signs from the streets. In Miami, in the Southwest and in many of our cities, bilingualism seems so prevalent that some worry we will no longer be able to communicate with each other. But what is the relationship between our common tongue and our national identity? Using the debate over language as a lens, Hold Your Tongue explores our beliefs about free public education, our respect for native cultures, the limits of cultural pluralism and our fears of the "other." Crawford looks at bilingual education, the legalities of legislating conformity, as well as the day-to-day language conflicts that take place in supermarkets, in offices and on the streets. We meet the players on both sides of the issue and come to see their underlying motives. The reality is that today immigrants are learning English faster than ever before, but they are also holding onto their own native languages. These varied tongues can be a valuable resource if we learn how to tap them. Crawford calls for a new perspective in America, one in which other languages might be conserved and programs for teaching English to immigrants made more effective. This controversial book about the politics of language is a passionate plea for the power of American diversity
Additional physical form
Also issued online.
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
306.4/4973
Index
index present
LC call number
P119.32.U6
LC item number
C73 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Hold your tongue : bilingualism and the politics of English only, James Crawford
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [261]-308) and index
Contents
Guardians of English -- Polyglot boarding-house -- Strangers in their own land -- Tribal politics -- Old ethnics and new -- Hispanophobia -- Language rights and wrongs -- Problem or resource? -- Babel in reverse -- Democracy and language
Control code
949317
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 324 p.
Isbn
9780201550443
Lccn
91046614
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm25094006
  • (OCoLC)25094006
Label
Hold your tongue : bilingualism and the politics of English only, James Crawford
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [261]-308) and index
Contents
Guardians of English -- Polyglot boarding-house -- Strangers in their own land -- Tribal politics -- Old ethnics and new -- Hispanophobia -- Language rights and wrongs -- Problem or resource? -- Babel in reverse -- Democracy and language
Control code
949317
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xii, 324 p.
Isbn
9780201550443
Lccn
91046614
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm25094006
  • (OCoLC)25094006

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