LINGUIST List 8.466

Sat Apr 5 1997

Sum: Official English

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  1. Christopher Mierzejewski, summary: update on Official English

Message 1: summary: update on Official English

Date: Sat, 5 Apr 1997 12:08:08 +0100
From: Christopher Mierzejewski <>
Subject: summary: update on Official English

Last week I asked for an update on Official English laws in the U.S. Many
thanks to those who responded:

Jim Walker, Curt Rice, James W. Crawford, Donna Christian, Chad D. Nilep,
Sharon Vaipae, Anne Moreau

Several people directed me to James W. Crawford's (author of Language
Loyalties: A Sourcebook of the Official English Controversy) language
policy web site, which has practically all of the information I was looking

Chad D. Nilsep ( also gave me an update on a recent
state law in Arizona requiring that all state business be conducted in
English: the law was contested but dismissed by the Supreme Court (for
technical reasons and not on the merits of the case), and so the law stands
(for the time being).

A few people gave me information on language policy in countries other than
the U.S. or France:

Sharon Vaipae ( informed me that in Japan (a country without
an official language policy) language policy regarding education requires
foreigners to follow the same curriculum as the Japanese students, i.e. in
Japanese, although a desire is expressed for the teacher to understand the
foreign student's language for educational purposes.

Anne Moreau ( sent me the address of a web site
in Quebec where information is available on language laws in Quebec:
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