KEY SELLING POINTS
- Offers a direct and analytical approach to the problems of US language policy
- Provides an historical perspective to explain what is at stake
- Articles were written at different times, from different vantage points
Bilingualism is a reality that many Americans still find difficult to accept; hence the prominence of English-only activism in U.S. politics. This collection of essays analyzes the sources of the anti-bilingual movement, its changing directions, and its impact on education policy.
The book also explores efforts to resist the English-only trend, including projects to revitalize Native American languages.
1. Anatomy of the English Only Movement
2. Boom to Bust: Official English in the 1990s
3. Endangered Native American Languages: What is to be done, and why?
4. Seven Hypotheses on language Loss
5. The Political Paradox of Bilingual Education
6. The Proposition 227 campaign: A Post Mortem
References; Acknowledgements; Index