[lg policy] Chinese has replaced French as a second language in the US

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Sat Mar 1 15:43:57 UTC 2014


*This chart shows how Chinese became the new French*

   - *By Mark Berman
   <http://www.washingtonpost.com/mark-berman/2011/05/26/AGoF40BH_page.html> *
   -
   - *February 28 at 1:34 pm*

Chinese has overtaken French as the most common language in the United
States other than English or Spanish, while Tagalog and Vietnamese have
leapfrogged Italian and German.

These are some of the biggest takeaways from this Census Bureau
chart<http://www.census.gov/dataviz/visualizations/045/>examining how
language usage in the country shifted between 1980 and 2010.
Spanish remained the top non-English option, but there was considerable
change elsewhere:

[image: (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)]

(Source: U.S. Census Bureau<http://www.census.gov/dataviz/visualizations/045/>
)

Meanwhile, here's a related
map<http://knowmore.washingtonpost.com/2014/02/25/the-foreign-languages-spoken-in-american-cities/>showing
which languages other than English or Spanish are spoken in major
cities across the U.S.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/02/28/this-chart-shows-how-chinese-became-the-new-french/orcities
across the U.S.








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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
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