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Books: Sociolinguistics: Potowski (Ed)

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Date: 11-Aug-2010
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Subject: Language Diversity in the USA: Potowski (Ed)
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Title: Language Diversity in the USA Published: 2010 Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Editor: Kim Potowski Hardback: ISBN: 9780521768528 Pages: 346 Price: U.K. £ 60.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521745338 Pages: 346 Price: U.K. £ 22.99

What are the most widely spoken non-English languages in the USA? Howdid they reach the USA? Who speaks them, to whom, and for whatpurposes? What changes do these languages undergo as they come intocontact with English? This book investigates the linguistic diversity of theUSA by profiling the twelve most commonly used languages other thanEnglish. Each chapter paints a portrait of the history, current demographics,community characteristics, economic status, and language maintenance ofeach language group, and looks ahead to the future of each language. Thebook challenges myths about the 'official' language of the USA, explores thedegree to which today's immigrants are learning English and assimilating intothe mainstream, and discusses the relationship between linguistic diversityand national unity. Written in a coherent and structured style, LanguageDiversity in the USA is essential reading for advanced students andresearchers in sociolinguistics, bilingualism, and education.

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


1. Language diversity in the United States: dispelling common myths andappreciating advantages Kim Potowski with Scott McGinnis;2. Language contact in the United States Suzanne Romaine;3. Native American languages in the United States Teresa L. McCarty;4. Spanish in the United States Kim Potowski and Maria Carreira;5. Chinese in the United States Yun Xiao;6. Tagalog in the United States Elvira C. Fonacier;7. French in the United States Albert Valdman;8. Vietnamese in the United States Carl L. Bankston III and Vy Thuc Dao;9. German in the United States Renate Ludanyi;10. Korean in the United States Hae-Young Kim;11. Russian in the United States Olga E. Kagan and Kathleen Dillon;12. Italian in the United States Anna De Fina and Luciana Fellin;13. Arabic in the United States Sonia Shiri;14. Portuguese in the United States Ana Maria Carvalho;15. Polish in the United States Bożena Nowicka McLees and KatarzynaDziwirek;16. Language policy in the United States Terrence G. Wiley.


'We come away with a new admiration for the country that has learned totreasure its diversity, for the languages themselves, and for the authors thathave so ably brought them together with rich and extensive literature.' JoshuaFishman, Yeshiva University

'Congratulations to Kim Potowski and her contributors. This is a fascinatingvolume, full of surprises even for longtime scholars in the field. No doubt itwill be seen as the definitive work in this area for many years to come.'James Crawford, Institute for Language and Education Policy


Kim Potowski, Scott McGinnis, Suzanne Romaine, Teresa L. McCarty, MariaCarreira, Yun Xiao, Elvira C. Fonacier, Albert Valdman, Carl L. Bankston III,Vy Thuc Dao, Renate Ludanyi, Hae-Young Kim, Olga E. Kagan, KathleenDillon, Anna De Fina, Luciana Fellin, Sonia Shiri, Ana Maria Carvalho,Bożena Nowicka McLees, Katarzyna Dziwirek, Terrence G. Wiley

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)                             English (eng)                             French (fra)                             Plautdietsch (pdt)                             Italian (ita)                             Korean (kor)                             Portuguese (por)                             Polish (pol)                             Russian (rus)                             Spanish (spa)                             Tagalog (tgl)                             Vietnamese (vie)
Written In: English (eng )

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