Language Diversity in the USA

Cambridge author Kim Potowski seeks to contribute to the appreciation and promotion of ethnolinguistic diversity in the United States:

“You’re in America, speak English.  It’s our official language.”
“Multilingualism threatens our national unity.”
“Today’s immigrants are not learning English as quickly as those of the past.”

These myths regarding language are fairly prevalent in the U.S. at the beginning of the 21st century, and not everyone can name the top 10 non-English languages spoken in the U.S.  This book profiles the top 12, with an additional chapter about Native American languages, by describing the history, current demographics, and characteristics of each language group.  Every chapter concludes by proposing what the future longevity of each language looks like, while simultaneously debunking fears that English and our national identity are threatened and celebrating linguistic diversity in the U.S.

Kim Potowski

Kim Potowski is Associate Professor of Hispanic linguistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and her research focuses on Spanish in the United States.

Language Diversity in the USA is available today for just £22.99 – click on the cover image below to read a free excerpt or visit our website to find out more.

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