ERIC Number: ED426599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
A Brief History of Language Restrictionism in the United States.
The history of the movement to establish English as the single official language of the United States (official English or English-only movement) is chronicled from the drafting of the Constitutions to the present, with emphasis on developments since the 1980s. Increasing interest in the early 1980s is attributed to political factors and demographic trends that emphasized a renewed commitment to "American" values. Stated and unstated goals of the proposed policy are discussed, and a historical tendency toward "language restrictionism" is traced from the early days of the United States through a number of distinct periods in which immigration rates were elevated. Recent legislative efforts of the English-only movement are detailed, and the role and policies of the political lobbying organization, US English, in this movement are explored. In conclusion, all individuals involved in English language education are encouraged to oppose official English legislation. (Contains 13 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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