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Bad Citizens

Edwin L. Battistella

in Bad Language

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195172485
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199788187 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172485.003.0005
 Bad Citizens

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This chapter focuses on American attitudes toward languages other than English, beginning with some history and case studies and moving forward to contemporary issues of English-only and bilingual education. In looking at the urge to assimilate other languages, the reasons why some say foreign languages make bad citizens are explored. Topics covered include Native American languages, manualism vs. oralism, restrictions on foreign languages, bilingual education, and the ideology of language assimilation.

Keywords: foreign languages; English; Americans; manualism; oralism; Native American languages; bilingual education; language assimilation

Chapter.  7384 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics

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