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Title: Language Diversity in the USA 
Publication Year: 2010 
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
	   http://us.cambridge.org
	

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521745338 


Editor: Kim Potowski

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


Abstract:

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 



Contents

1. Language diversity in the United States: dispelling common myths and 
appreciating 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 Bo?ena Nowicka McLees and Katarzyna 
Dziwirek; 
16. Language policy in the United States Terrence G. Wiley.

Reviews

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

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

Contributors

Kim Potowski, Scott McGinnis, Suzanne Romaine, Teresa L. McCarty, Maria 
Carreira, Yun Xiao, Elvira C. Fonacier, Albert Valdman, Carl L. Bankston III, 
Vy Thuc Dao, Renate Ludanyi, Hae-Young Kim, Olga E. Kagan, Kathleen 
Dillon, Anna De Fina, Luciana Fellin, Sonia Shiri, Ana Maria Carvalho, 
Bo?ena 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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