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ERIC Number: ED332498
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
English Only JAMAS.
Cartagena, Juan
Centro, v2 n5 p65-76 Spr 1989
The history of language in the United States shows trends and movements that embrace and at times reject the accommodation of other languages in public life. However, there has always been resistance to creating an exclusively monolingual society. Instead, a cyclical pattern best describes U.S. language policy through the major periods in U.S. history. The current English-only movement supports suppression of Spanish, using such immediate and practical targets as bilingual ballots and voter registration. At a time when minority communities begin to successfully challenge structural impediments to political power by electing their own people to public office, minority politicians are accused of manipulating their constituents by using their native languages. Puerto Ricans in the United States are responding by refusing to support English-only legislation, and must continue to fight for full preservation of their language and culture, and against discrimination on the basis of language. (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: English Only Movement; Puerto Rico