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Language Policy in the United States


Peter Tiersma


Loyola Marymount University, Loyola Law School (Deceased)

November 16, 2010

OXFORD HANDBOOK ON LANGUAGE AND LAW, L. Solan, P. Tiersma, eds., 2010
Loyola-LA Legal Studies Paper No. 2010-52

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This chapter of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook on Language and Law contains an overview of language policy in the United States, starting in the early days of the republic, the attempts to force Native Americans to assimilate culturally and linguistically to the dominant English-speaking American culture, the nativist movement around World War I, and the more recent efforts to make English the official language of the United States and of individual states. More specifically, it discusses the constitutionality of Official English (or English-only) laws and ends with a brief survey of rights of limited English speakers to social services in their own languages and to have their children receive bilingual education.

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Date posted: November 16, 2010  

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Tiersma, Peter, Language Policy in the United States (November 16, 2010). OXFORD HANDBOOK ON LANGUAGE AND LAW, L. Solan, P. Tiersma, eds., 2010; Loyola-LA Legal Studies Paper No. 2010-52. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1710224 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1710224

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Loyola Marymount University, Loyola Law School (Deceased)
United States
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