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Title: Language Diversity in the USA
Edited By: Kim Potowski
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521745338
Description:

What are the most widely spoken non-English languages in the USA? How
did they reach the USA? Who speaks them, to whom, and for what
purposes? What changes do these languages undergo as they come into
contact with English? This book investigates the linguistic diversity of the
USA by profiling the twelve most commonly used languages other than
English. Each chapter paints a portrait of the history, current demographics,
community characteristics, economic status, and language maintenance of
each language group, and looks ahead to the future of each language. The
book challenges myths about the 'official' language of the USA, explores the
degree to which today's immigrants are learning English and assimilating into
the mainstream, and discusses the relationship between linguistic diversity
and national unity. Written in a coherent and structured style, Language
Diversity in the USA is essential reading for advanced students and
researchers in sociolinguistics, bilingualism, and education.

- The first book to profile the twelve most commonly spoken non-English
languages in the USA
- Includes discussion questions at the end of each chapter to test and further
students' understanding
- A media resource list provides recommendations of films and
documentaries to give a better understanding of each language community

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
English
French
Plautdietsch
Italian
Korean
Portuguese
Polish
Russian
Spanish
Tagalog
Vietnamese
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521745330
ISBN-13: 9780521745338
Pages: 346
Prices: U.K. £ 22.99

 
 
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521768527
ISBN-13: 9780521768528
Pages: 346
Prices: U.K. £ 60.00