[lg policy] book notice: Language Diversity in the USA: Potowski (Ed)

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Language Diversity in the USA: Potowski (Ed)

Title: Language Diversity in the USA
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

Editor: Kim Potowski


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


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 Bożena Nowicka McLees and Katarzyna
16. Language policy in the United States Terrence G. Wiley.


'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


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,
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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