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Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Sep 17 15:02:12 UTC 2010

Language Diversity in the USA

Edited by Kim Potowski

University of Illinois, Chicago

 (ISBN-13: 9780521768528)

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


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 Dziwirek; 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.

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