ERIC Number: ED247769
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Mexico: Country Status Report.
A survey of the status of language usage in Mexico begins with an overview of language distribution among the population, mono- and multilingualism, changes in patterns of usage between the 1970 and 1980 censuses, and linguistic issues related to assimilation of the Indian population and the role and philosophy of the Instituto Nacional Indigenista in the process. A matrix follows that rates four Mexican languages (Spanish, Nahuatl, Maya, and Zapotec) on: (1) their usage rating using State Department classifications; (2) increase and decrease trends by the year 2000; (3) chief of state use in addressing the populace; (4) use in armed forces, government, court, and diplomatic communications, written and oral; (5) use as a language of instruction or required language in higher education, on the secondary and elementary levels, and in adult education; (6) use in the popular press, radio and television broadcasting, and film; (7) business and professional use, written and oral; (8) use in intellectual circles; (9) the alphabet situation; (10) the status of indigenous literature; (11) use in public signs and notices; and (12) the availability of instructional materials and dictionaries in the native languages for use by English speakers. Explanatory notes give the number and population percentages using the languages, alphabets, and specific instructional materials titles. A selected bibliography is also included. (MSE)
Descriptors: Adult Education, American Indian Languages, Armed Forces, Bilingualism, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Industry, Language Maintenance, Language of Instruction, Language Role, Language Standardization, Language Usage, Mass Media, Mayan Languages, Monolingualism, Multilingualism, Official Languages, Public Policy, Spanish
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC. Language/Area Reference Center.