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Language Policy and Politics in the United States

Professor April Linton’s article, “Language Policy and Politics in the United States: Implications for the Immigration Debate” was recently published in International Journal of the Sociology of Language (v. 199).  This article examines recent attempts to legislate language in light of historical and contemporary debates about immigration and immigrant assimilation. It chronicles U.S. language politics and policy, and then appraises national language and official English bills recently introduced in Congress in view of data on language usage and preferences, suggesting ways that the current resurgence of a national debate about language could and should impact the larger debate about immigration.

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