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ERIC Number: ED461998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jan-1
Pages: 38
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What Is the Problem? Official English in the U.S.A.
Lo Bianco, Joseph
This paper investigates the politics of English as the official language in the United States, focusing on the move to declare English the official language within the 104th Congress. Though the bill lapsed in the Senate, movement to declare English official at the federal level has continued. Several large national organizations work hard to see this effort through to completion. The paper describes a study of the official English movement which used the Q methodology, direct interviews with 45 people who were the main protagonists for the officialization of English in the 104th Congress and their main antagonists, and analysis of the discourse of advocatory literature, exemplar speeches, and radio debates on official English between these groups. Q methodology data involved 54 interviews examining the subjective positions and ideology of key players on both sides of the official English debate. Data analysis indicated that there are some relatively stable and recurring positions on the issue that frame the debate and can be directed toward defining different sets of problems as the objects of policy. People on both sides of the debate strongly agreed that the issue of English in U.S. public culture is a serious matter. (Contains 14 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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