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An Analysis Of Attitudes Toward Spanish As Expressed In Us English Update, Shaw N. Gynan Jan 1993

An Analysis Of Attitudes Toward Spanish As Expressed In Us English Update, Shaw N. Gynan

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An analysis of the content of the first ten years of the primary publication of the US ENGLISH organization, US ENGLISH Update, reveals that the main focus of the group is restriction of use of the Spanish language in the United States. This policy objective has its roots in language attitudes based on impressions and hearsay. US ENGLISH asserts that many US Spanish-speakers are not willing to learn English, for which bilingual education is singled out as a significant cause. US ENGLISH claims to support only constituency- and state-benefit-based language policies, but the ulterior goal that emerges is the elimination ...