Language Policy in the United States

OXFORD HANDBOOK ON LANGUAGE AND LAW, L. Solan, P. Tiersma, eds., 2010

Loyola-LA Legal Studies Paper No. 2010-52

28 Pages Posted: 16 Nov 2010  

Peter Tiersma

Loyola Marymount University, Loyola Law School (Deceased)

Date Written: November 16, 2010

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1710224 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1710224

Peter M. Tiersma (Contact Author)

Loyola Marymount University, Loyola Law School (Deceased)

United States

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