Critical Perspectives on the Official English Movement, Volume II: History, Theory, and Policy
Edited by Roseann Duenas Gonzalez, Ildiko Melis
Published March 1st 2001 by Routledge – 464 pages
Addresses the complex & divisive issues at the heart of the debate over language diversity & the English Only movement in U.S. education. Offers a range of perspectives that teachers & literacy advocates can use to inform practice as well as policy.
"The authors convincingly refute the popular claims and ideologies of English Only legislation, basing their arguments on research data as well as considerations of what it means to live in a democratic society….this book can be a valuable resource for educators, researchers, and the general public. Using a global perspective that is informative as well as cautionary, these essays implore us to consider our connection to others around the world as the policies enacted by the United States become models for other nations that wish to enforce linguistic homogeneity among their citizens."
"In all, this volume succeeds admirably in providing a multidimensional picture of the official English movement, illuminating the nuances of the ideological underpinnings at its core. Collectively, the authors contributing to this book disentangle the rhetoric that has become pervasive in the political discourse surrounding English Only in the United States and clarify the movement's social as well as legal ramifications."
—Language and Education
Contents: H.A. Giroux, Foreword: English Only and the Crisis of Memory, Culture, and Democracy. R.D. González, Introduction. Part I:Update and Document. D. Baron, Language Legislation and Language Abuse: American Language Policy Through the 1990s. E.M. Chen, Statement on the Civil Liberties Implications of Official English Legislation Before the United States Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, December 6, 1995. R.S. Williams, K.C. Riley, Acquiring a Slice of Anglo-American Pie: A Portrait of Language Shift in a Franco-American Family. Part II:Language, Justice, and Law. D. Corson, Social Justice, Language Policy, and English Only. J.P. Perea, The New American Spanish War: How the Courts and the Legislatures Are Aiding the Suppression of Languages Other Than English. G. Valdés, Bilingual Individuals and Language-Based Discrimination: Advancing the State of the Law on Language Rights. R.H. Lee, D.F. Marshall, "Shooting Themselves in the Foot": Consequences of English Only Supporters "Going to Law." Part III:Language and Ideology. A. Pennycook, Lessons From Colonial Language Policies. L.M. Goldstein, Three Newspapers and a Linguist: A Folk Linguistic Journey Into the Land of English as the Official Language. J.H. Hill, The Racializing Function of Language Panics. A. Espinosa-Aguilar, Analyzing the Rhetoric of the English Only Movement. Part IV:Official English, Official Language, and the World. R.B. Kaplan, R.B. Baldauf, Jr., Not Only English: English Only and the World. G. Smitherman, Language and Democracy in the USA and the RSA. C. Miguélez, The "Normalization" of Minority Languages in Spain. T. Ricento, Afterword: Lessons, Caveats, and a Way Forward.